This post is part of The Beauty of a Woman BlogFest VII.
What is the Beauty of a Woman?
by Lynn Kelley
What is the true beauty of a woman? Is it in the eyes of the beholder, or is it what a woman sees with her own eyes? Is it an inner something that is felt rather than seen?
Is the beauty of a woman being able to see and even feel the beauty in others, such as the sparkle in an elderly person’s eyes as they reminisce?
Is the beauty of a woman the joy she feels when listening to the laughter of a baby, the babble of a child discovering the gift of language, or the whispered lullaby of a grandmother cradling her great-grandchild?
Is the beauty of a woman the compassion and empathy she feels for the woman in a hospital room across the hall who cries out for help because she’s all alone in a strange place and her memory is not what it once was and the “call” button is a mystery to her?
Is the beauty of a woman the way she delights in the majesty of boundless clouds hovering above snowy mountain peaks, the way they’re set against a fresh blue sky, the way sun beams filter through the clouds, and how birds in flight enrapture her with their hypnotic grace?
Is the beauty of a woman the way she relishes the aroma of morning coffee or breathes in the fragrance of orange blossoms?
Is the beauty of a woman the strength she finds to continue pushing on when she’s ready to collapse and sleep through her grief, but others need her strength and her comforting words? Is it the sacrifices she makes to lessen the burden of others?
Is the beauty of a woman her gratitude for running water, a warm blanket, and a soft pillow on which to lay her head?
Or is the beauty of a woman an external glow when she shares her smile, reaching out to someone who seems lonely and forgotten, knowing they may reject her smile but realizing their troubles may run deeper than she could ever imagine?
Is the beauty of a woman her appreciation in receiving the smiles of others, knowing it’s taken some of them great courage to put on a happy face?
Is the beauty of a woman the knowledge that joy and sorrow go hand in hand and the way she takes comfort in knowing she’s not alone; that we are all connected in some way and are a part of each other’s journey?
Or . . . is the beauty of a woman her realization that each moment and each breath she takes is a gift and that the light will always outshine any shadows or darkness she must face?
To read more entries, and potentially win a fun prize, visit the fest page on August McLaughlin’s site between today and 11pm PST March 9th.
It’s an honor to be able to participate in this year’s BOAW blog fest. I was able to participate in the BOAW 2014 fest (My Morphing Body and Mind) and the BOAW 2016 fest (Dance of Life and Girls Just Want to Have Fun).
Thank you, August McLaughlin, for hosting this amazing event!
I hope you’re enjoying all the BOAW posts.
What are your thoughts? What do you consider to be a woman’s greatest beauty? Is it an inner beauty, outer beauty, or a little of both?
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Photo credits: Lynn Kelley, Qimono, Geralt – Pixabay