Monday, March 27, 2017

Aging Beautifully ~ Defining Beauty



Flowers whisper "Beauty!" to the world, even as they fade, wilt, fall.
~ Dr. SunWolf




How do you define beauty?
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Beauty: noun
1. the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest).
2. a beautiful person, especially a woman.
3. a beautiful thing, as a work of art or a building.
4. something that is beautiful in nature or in some natural or artificial environment.
5. an individually pleasing or beautiful quality; grace; charm:
6. informal. a particular advantage:
7. something extraordinary:

How we define beauty is based on who we are and what we value: youth, appearance, health, character, temperament, and/or spirit.

When thinking on aging beauty,  an individually pleasing or beautiful quality; grace; charm speaks to me more so than one's physical appearance.  To me, a person's character, temperament, and spirit defines true beauty.  That is not to say that appearance and health are not important but to me they are temporal.  They can change in the blink of an eye.  They do not last. A person's character, temperament, and spirit can also change but their effects are longer lasting and will influence one's appearance and health far more than the other way around.

In this series on Aging Beautifully, I hope to touch on all aspects of beauty and how we can nurture beauty in our lives and ourselves. I hope that you will join me and celebrate our beauty within and without (not without without but rather on the outside).

Which definition of beauty speaks to you?

Sharing with
Jann
at
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson's
Share Your Cup Thursday
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Beverly
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How Sweet the Sound's

14 comments:

  1. My definition of beauty is much like yours, Gina. If someone is a person of character, gracious and a quiet spirit those are the things that really matter to me. Having a quiet spirit doesn't mean that one never laughs nor that they don't have a sense of humor, but it is the gracious way in which they carry themselves that tells the story.

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    1. I agree, Dianna. A sense of humor makes life more joyful. (not the crude kind) :-)

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  2. I wil very much enjoy your aging beauty series, Gina. After reading all the definitions, numbers 1 and 5 had the most meaning for me. Yes, we need to celebrate our beauty within. Love and blessings to you.

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    1. Kitty, I like number 1 too. Arising from our senses made me think of the sense of smell ~ coffee perking, bacon sizzling - those smells are beautiful to me.

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  3. Love your thoughts and most of all the pretty rose.

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    1. LV, I love the rose blush color too. One of my favorites!

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  4. I like the definitions of beauty and probably think of them all at some time or another. I always appreciate the beauty that surrounds me but I also see the beauty in people of all ages. Being feminine and soft spoken is beautiful to me as well. Great series my friend. I finally feel better tonight. Thanks for the prayers. Hugs, Diane

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    1. I am so glad that you are feeling better, Diane. Rest well! xo

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  5. I totally agree that a person's character and how they react with others is more beautiful than anything on the outside

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    1. It is more authentic sense of beauty, I think.

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  6. What a wonderful series to write about Gina! I enjoyed reading the definition of beauty and then hearing your thoughts about it. I agree with Kitty, 1 & 5 are my favored definitions of beauty. There is something special about age, thinking of wine and cheeses and then I think of the saying "aged to perfection". The charm and grace of a kind woman goes much farther than her outward appearance. Enjoying this series of yours :)

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    1. I'm so glad, Marilyn. I'm not so sure about aging to perfection but kindness and compassion does enrich our lives and those around us.

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  7. I am the same as you! Beauty is much more than what can be seen by the naked eye. The world definitely judges on outward beauty. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. You are very welcome, Jann! Thank you for stopping by.

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