Today, I looked into a woman’s face and saw nothing good, and it scared me. It was a roadmap of an unhappy life, filled with lines of bitterness and set in a perpetual frown like the Joker in the Dark Knight. Her features were harsh and it looked like a face that had lived a hard life but I know for a fact that she didn’t. By most people’s calculations she lives a good life. She’s retired and owns her own home, her children are successful, and she goes to church EVERY Sunday. I don’t know, but I would think she would have a little more to smile about. My mother told me once that what you carry in heart shows up on your face. If you carry anger, hatred, or resentment, it will eventually surface and if doesn’t show up on your face, it will manifest in some other way, like a physical illness. The same can be said for love, compassion, and warmth, except that they have the opposite effect. They heal and often bring as an added bonus, laughter, joy, and goodness with them. Have you met someone and you couldn’t help but notice the twinkle in their eyes or the light that seemed to emanate from the very core of their being? Didn’t just being around them make you feel good?
Thoughts are powerful. They can help you or hurt you, make you happy or sad, heal you or make you sick. A thought can stand in the way of success or failure. What do you think about as you stare in the mirror each morning brushing your teeth or combing your hair. What are you preparing for the world to see when you walk out that door? Make-up can cover up blemishes but it can’t cover up what comes from your soul. Are you moisturizing with good thoughts or are you just covering up the negativity with a temporary fix? This woman had on make-up, but it didn’t cover-up what appeared to be an unhappy life, instead it made it more pronounced, more evident. To avoid that, here’s are some great beauty tips for free:
- When you look into the mirror, ask yourself, “What do I want my face to reveal about me?”
- Reduce frown lines and wrinkles by reducing worry and stress.
- Laugh, laugh, laugh! If you get a few lines, let those be the one.
- Get enough sleep.
- Be mindful of what you put into your body. Are the foods you’re eating helping you or hurting you?
- Be mindful of the products you use on your skin and face. Are they loaded with names you cannot pronounce?
- Think good of yourself and others, even if they don’t reciprocate.
- Release negativity. Forgive, if necessary. It will add years to your life! Take a kick-boxing class, invest in a punching bag, scream at the top of your lungs, and if those things don’t work, get help.
- Find someone or something to love or do something you love. Volunteer, adopt a pet, write, read, dance!
- Look for beauty not only in yourself but in the world around you, and it will transform you in ways that Botox or plastic surgery never will.
Let your face reveal the beauty that the Creator intended