The famous quote by Audrey Hepburn.
And it is so true.
Have you ever met someone and truly felt their beauty? Felt a sense of ”wow” or a pure sense of happiness in their presence? You know those people that make your heart smile, you just know theyve got ‘it’ together.
Regardless of outward attractiveness, you felt a sense of warmth, radiance in their presence? What is it about these people (girls & guys) that exudes confidence and breeds positivity that it makes you want to be around them? You may know someone like this, people who just leave you feeling ‘happy’.
The answer, I believe, is, self-love and self-trust. These people have a resounding knowledge within them that no matter what happens, what events might occur in the near future, that they will always be ok, that their life will always go on. Knowing these things gives them confidence. A self-assurance that is portrayed to everyone they meet, the manner they act and the way that they speak. They gold within them a sense of appreciation, not only of themselves, but for you, the time it takes to meet and the very presence of now.
If you want to cultivate love, kindness, giving in your life, first you need to have it to be able to give it away. Many of the most successful writers, philosophers and leaders say if you want more of something, first you have to give it away.
There are some common attributes these pretty people have…why not take some time and develop your own inner beauty?
Spend time loving yourself, develop the ‘pretty’ qualities:
Integrity: Always do what you say you will. If you were only as good as your word, how good would you be??? There is nothing that frustrates and aggravates people more than failing to follow through a spoken word, your promise. If you don’t mean it, don’t say it. But do say what you mean and mean what you do. Be who you are, and stop pretending to be someone else.
Kindness: There is always time to be kind. The little things matter. Smile, be polite, be patient. Treat people how you want to be treated. Its the small things that matter, Mother Theresa said not all of us can do great things, but we can do small thigns with great love. Hold open a door for someone, say please and thank you. As a society we are losing touch with our morals, our moral compasses seem to be getting a little interfered with with todays technology.
‘My religion is simple, my religion is kindness’ Buddha
Gratitude: Always appreciate what you are lucky enough to have in your life for you never know when it will be too late. Miss someone; contact them, love someone; tell them, appreciate someone; say thank you. Don’t let your pride hold you back. Words are easy to say, and appreciated when they are not only expressed but felt. Accept that sometimes you are wrong, that you make mistakes. Apologise, let go and move on.
Patience: Practice patience with people.
The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.
Something we all need to work on. Let go of judgement. Practice compassion and understanding with people.
Respect: Develop compassion for everyone you meet. Genuine respect and compassion does not include looking down on others, it means understanding that we are all searching for happiness and have the right to be happy by overcoming life’s obstacles. Treat everyone you meet in a respectful manner, and be slow to judge. After all, who are you to give someone judgment?
Belief: Always make time to be true to yourself, to your passion, your life’s journey. When you find what is right for you, you will know. You will feel it. Have faith and trust that what is meant to be will be. You are exactly where you should be, doing what you should.
‘Nothing is impossible, the word itself says IMpossible’ Audrey Hepburn
Practice the pretty qualities daily and soon you will be shining from within.
To leave you with my absolute favourite quote:
‘For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others. for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness. and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone’ Audrey Hepburn
Do something different today.
Love & Light, Charlie x.