I’m cheating.  My own thoughts are especially void of eloquence.  So here is a little treasure from a book I stumbled upon at the library this weekend. 

Field Notes on the Compassionate Life: A search for the soul of kindness by Marc Ian Barasch

Early on he tells of reading a woman’s magazine at the dentist office, and a quote from Audrey Hepburn he found therein. In response to the magazine’s request for her beauty tips, she wrote the following:

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you never walk alone.
If you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one
at the end of each of your arms.”

Yes, the cynic in me allowed the thought to creep in that maybe it was easy for Audrey to believe that, being so blessed with beauty as she was.  Then I thought, it doesn’t really matter.  She took the opportunity to focus on a deeper meaning of beauty in a forum that, I would guess, was not looking for it.

What if we all sought beauty in that way?

(PS – I used that text with absolutely no permission.  It will be a miracle if 20 people read it.)