I will be the first to admit that I LOVE makeup. If I don’t have lip gloss and mascara on, I feel incomplete. For some reason, just adding those two things make everything else look that much better. And, yes, every day I look in the mirror to make sure my makeup is just right, my hair is smooth and my outfit is put together the way I want it to look.
Yes, I’m your typical girly-girl that cares about what she looks like. I’m not afraid to admit this. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that most girls feel the same way. We love to look pretty, feel pretty and have others think the same. I mean, who doesn’t? These days, my little girl is also looking in the mirror, wanting to pick out her own outfit and wanting her hair to look, “fabulous”. (Yes, her word of choice)
On that same note, I am also the first to say that the most beautiful person in the world could actually be the ugliest, if they lack the character traits that make up a decent human being. Believe me, I have known people who may think they are spectacular on the outside, but in reality, they are truly “ugly” people. It’s quite obvious they care so much about their outside appearance, but can care less about their lack of integrity, compassion, loyalty, commitment and decency.
I’ve been talking to my little girl about beauty. She’ll say, “Mommy, do I look beautiful?” I’ll often respond by saying, “Reese, you are so beautiful. But having a beautiful heart, makes someone even more beautiful.” She’ll say, “I know mommy.”.
There’s no makeup for real beauty. You obviously can’t put makeup or a mask on a heart or conscious. It’s something that’s in you. It’s about wanting to make good choices and behave in a way that makes your heart beautiful. I actually think it’s pretty simple. But for many, it’s obviously not.
And to my little Reese, who is only 3, this is how I explain what a beautiful heart is:
- Being kind
- Making friends
- Using good manners
- Thinking about others
- Being a GOOD friend
- Telling the truth all the time
- Being gentle with animals
- Using nice words
- Never saying mean things to others
- Learning to walk away when others are not-so-nice
- Being a good listener