I imagined how lovely it would be if every one of us could experience the same sense of security that I had that day by just pausing to appreciate our own God-given beauty! Our complete gorgeous being, inside and out, not just our outward attractiveness.
I thought about how vital it is to never give anybody else authority over our thoughts of ourselves because God formed each of us in his own image and made no mistakes with any of his creations by learning to appreciate yourself!
1. Avoid nagging voice in heads
Despite the fact that we all know in our hearts that we are uniquely formed by God, we have all fallen prey to enabling ill-intentioned “friends” or that nagging voice in our heads to convince us that we are less than. As a result, we fail to properly appreciate our own uniqueness and the wonderful attributes we possess.
The inference in Alice Walker’s comment, “I suppose it drives God off if you stroll by the color purple in a field someplace and don’t notice it,” is comparable to not recognizing or enjoying our own particular beauty (The Color Purple).
2. A good wake-up call
That may be putting things a little too bluntly, but we all need a good wake-up call now and then. Not only does this principle apply to how we see ourselves, but it also pertains to how we see a color in a field. Despite the fact that we all understand the concept, I’ve seen that women, in particular, are prone to comparing themselves to others and failing to appreciate their own attractiveness.
Physical beauty has become the be-all and end-all for many people, to the point that they have such blind jealousy of others because of their physical appearance that they have no consideration for the emotional hardships that someone may be going through, no matter how well-dressed they look on the outside.
Regardless of this, and as simple as it may sound, if each of us were to practice being our own sort of beautiful, we would discover that we are all beautiful in our own right.
3. Appraise genuine beauty
In any case, while physical appearance might be seductive, exterior beauty is transient. As a result, genuine beauty should be appraised based on a person’s character, morality, and beliefs. These basic characteristics are not only passed down through strong genetics, but they also never go away.
Remember the ancient adage, “beautiful is as beautiful does”? It makes no difference what someone looks like on the exterior if they lack these three essential principles. Physical attractiveness has no bearing on a person’s goodness or important qualities.
OK, for those who are a bit more difficult to persuade, perhaps we can take little, incremental steps toward embracing this new criterion of beauty. Let’s assume the new standard of measuring beauty is a blend of both physical and interior features for the purpose of compromise.
However, the underlying core of who a person is should, in all fairness, have a greater weighted average than how they appear. Is that correct? So, until this concept is generally embraced, which, to be honest, may need an act of God, I’ll provide a few easy suggestions to encourage everyone to worship God by just being their own type of beautiful on the inside and out.
4. Celebrate abilities
Celebrating your God-given abilities and beauty is one way to practice being your own type of lovely. It’s incredible that each and every person on this planet is individually developed, right down to our particular fingerprints! You should focus on one attribute at a time and enjoy it, whether it is an internal or physical characteristic that makes you truly lovely. We have so much to be grateful for, so focusing on one item at a time may be as easy as expressing thanks for a unique characteristic.
You will automatically recognize how perfectly designed you are once you start doing this on a daily basis. For example, I’ve always been interested in physical fitness, sometimes more than others, but I consider myself fortunate that God has gifted me with a strong and healthy body.
Despite the fact that I might have chosen to focus on someone else’s physical characteristics, I opted to enjoy my own. As a result, I joined a hiking club and often test my physical endurance by going across harsh terrain to elevations I never imagined I could reach on foot.
5. Meet like-minded individuals
One of the other perks is that I meet fascinating, like-minded individuals, and I also stay physically active by doing something I like. You cannot comprehend the grandeur that may be observed from a vantage point atop a mountain if you have never gone hiking.
The beauty of nature may be seen for miles, including purple speckles on a field of flowers. Every day, I thank God for providing me with the physical capacity to participate in these sorts of physical activities, especially after being confined to a wheelchair for several months following an injury.
6. Be thankful
I take advantage of every opportunity to thank God for my blessings by putting my gift to good use. The more I utilize it, the stronger I am physically and psychologically. You’ll be amazed at how simple actions like these may help you recognize your blessings, which you may have neglected in the past because you spent so much time comparing yourself to others. So get out there and keep the momentum going by discovering or rediscovering your wonderful self!
This leads me to my second piece of advice for practicing being your own type of attractive, which is to quit comparing yourself to others completely. Many times, no matter where we are in life or how many accolades we receive from others, we still feel inadequate in comparison to someone else for learning to appreciate ourselves.
7. Don’t strive to replicate others
What I’ve observed is that if a person continues to strive to replicate the beauty of others, they will never be able to truly appreciate their own beauty. It is unreasonable to be envious of another person’s outward beauty. First and foremost, envy is a sin, and physical attractiveness is ephemeral, so why bother?
So, rather than comparing yourself to others, praise God for making you in his likeness. On this subject, I’d want to express how affected I was by Iyanla Vanzant’s speech, “You Matter.”
She said something in it that really caught my attention, and it was about how pointless it is to compare oneself to others. “Comparing yourself to other people is an act of violence,” she added in her address. That’s a really strong statement!
You must take a minute to absorb the full gravity of this sentence in order to completely comprehend its relevance. When you think about it, comparing yourself to others is not just a kind of aggression, but it is also disrespectful, as it diminishes your own beauty and originality.
Finally, on the issue of being your own type of beautiful, I’d want to emphasize the importance of appreciating rather than imitating other people’s beauty. It’s one thing to admire someone’s attractiveness; however, you’ve crossed the line if your admiration for someone makes you feel depressed.
8. Make a balance
Thankfully, there is a good balance between enjoying others’ beauty and celebrating your own, especially without experiencing envy, which is a side effect of emulation. Women who accept their own beauty and can appreciate others’ beauty in a healthy way are the most confident.
This self-assurance manifests itself in a variety of ways, such as being gracious in your demeanor, which reflects in how you regard others. “Elegance is [the only] beauty that never fades,” as the adage goes. As I previously indicated, beauty is subjective and does not always imply physical attractiveness.
Yes, striving to be your best self, both inside and out, is critical. However, by mimicking others, you do not have to risk your self-worth. That’s why it’s crucial to check in with yourself from time to time to ensure you’re maintaining a good balance between admiring and copying others.
When you are secure in who you are and what you have to give, you will be able to appreciate people for who they are rather than feeling envy by attempting to emulate them as a way of learning to appreciate yourself.
Because every one of us is created individually by God, we all have many reasons to admire and enjoy our own beauty. Of course, beauty may be defined in a variety of ways, including internal, external, or a mix of the two.
By deliberately honoring our own individuality one attribute at a time, we may begin the transforming mindset of becoming our own type of beautiful. Once we start doing this, we will feel more at ease in our own skin and will be able to enjoy others’ beauty without feeling resentful or envious of them.
No one has the right to make you feel as if you have nothing to contribute. “You Matter,” Iyanla Vanzant said in her address. You don’t need somebody to define or complete you since God has already done such an amazing job. Accept and live this philosophy on a daily basis. To put it another way, begin each day by being your own sort of gorgeous by learning to appreciate yourself!
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