Tuesday, March 3, 2009

60/365 Beauty

"You're beautiful and I'd like to photograph you."

If those words were ever spoken to you, how would you respond?

Would you let the person capture your curves:


What about the tiny lines around your mouth or eyes? Would you allow them to see that part of you?


Would you let them come close to examine the smallet details or see the flaws in your skin:


Or, would you want the photographer to blur the lines and leave the details to the viewers imagination:


I don't think there is anyone harder to photograph than a woman. I have heard every complaint you can imagine. My hips are too large. My chin is... My eyes are too... Please hide my... Becoming whole means being comfortable in your own skin. It means loving the flaws and learning to treasure the tiny wrinkles. Embracing the hips, the nose, the thighs. Loving yourself unconditionally so that you are free to love those around you.

We're listening to The Secret Garden now and it's inspiring to witness the growth of Mary. As she learns to love herself she is discovering the joy that comes with loving others in spite of their flaws. She is blossoming before our very eyes! Those around her are starting to see her beauty.

Lesson: You can only love others to the extent that you love yourself. The more you love, the more beautiful you become inside and out.

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