06
Jan
04

this beautiful madness

since thanksgiving advil has been my best friend. headaches have migrated across the spheres of my brain like flocks of canadian geese traveling along the atlantic flyway this time of year. i could swear it’s a tumor. i’m going mad.


i was paging through audrey hepburn: an elegant spirit and was just dazzled by this son’s memoirs of his mother. what a legacy — to be called an elegant spirit. no actress today even comes close on screen and off. she was incredibly poised and profoundly sad feeling helpless to change the cruelties of the world. makes me wonder what will people say about us long after we’re gone, or even today?

time tested beauty tips,
{hepburn read this poem to her children on the xmas eve before she died — originally written by sam levenson}
for attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
for lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
for a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
for beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
for poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone…
people, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed and redeemed and redeemed.
never throw out anybody.
remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.
as you grow older you will discover that you have two hands.
one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
the beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. the beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
the beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. it is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

even as a man i love those words and long to be beautiful in my own right. true and simple beauty is rarely treasured today. people love plastic and push-up bras. next to me my friend was viewing “i do” by jessica simpson. it made me think about all these girls with million dollar bodies that sing or talk to everyday ordinary people about love and life. if they still have a problem feeling beautiful…*sigh*

i want to live beautfully in this madness i find myself in. to allow his surpasssing beauty to burn away the dross that is me
as i have breath, able hands and feet i have no excuse not to offer a dry soul a drink to quench their thirst in this life. no excuse not to smile and reflect the hope i know.
i’m tired of looking in the mirror and not making changes.

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