Tuesday, September 28, 2010

On a Mission - The 3rd and final chapter..complete with GIVEAWAY!

Part 1 -- Part 2

So we've talked about our perceptions of beauty. We've talked about the quest for perfect that we all seem to be on, in however small a way.

I'd like to tie those two together today with a video that someone shared with me. It's sad, it brought a tear to my eye. I sat with my 8 year old daughter and watched it. Not because I wanted to scare her, although that may have been an added bonus, but because I wanted to see her reaction and I wanted to have a discussion.





She was horrified. She was saddened. She was confused. She was worried.

She wanted to know why the girls in the video wanted to be so skinny. She asked why their mommies hadn't told them that they were beautiful and smart...."You know, like you tell me all the time Momma!"

I didn't have an answer for her. I still don't.

We talked about why some girls feel like they have to look like that. I let her lead the discussion and eventually we ended up in the inevitable position of talking about how pretty some movie stars and singers are. I Googled some of those "before & after photoshop" pictures of the celebs and she was shocked.

I'm sure there will be more questions to come. I'm sure that as she gets older and listens to some of the girls at school, she will perhaps begin to doubt her own self confidence. I hope that it will be short lived. I hope that I will be able to foster a healthy sense of being in her and that I will never have to watch my daughter starve herself into oblivion.

My hope for my daughter is that she will always be happy with herself, whatever she chooses. I don't just mean with her body, but in her life. I hope never to identify my daughter in an article like the one Dan wrote, it was bad enough to see myself.


Well folks, this is the end of my "On a Mission" series of posts and I would like to give something away to you.

I have TWO copies of the "Operation Beautiful" book to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me who in your life (you or someone else) is beautiful....and why. You can leave ONE comment PER DAY for the duration of the giveaway.

Open to EVERYONE. Contest closes Friday 8th October.


P.S. There's also a giveaway running over at my other blog "Looking For My Feet"...feel free to swing by and enter!

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11 comments:

  1. my sister is beautiful to me. She is the bread to my butter and the light to my life. She is there for me through any situation, she lends me her clothes, she looks after me when i'm sick but most of all she looks after my heart and until the day I get married she will always be my 'primary other'. She is a very special person to me.

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  2. My daughter. She's just gorgeous, with great taste. But she is so smart too. I love her and I respect her.

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  3. I know LOTS or beautiful people! I think my mom is beautiful. So do lots of other people, even though she doesnt think so. She always does her hair, shes giving, she takes care of stray animals, and she puts her make up on no matter what! She cracks me up. =)

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  4. My husband is beautiful to me. He's my reason for living. He loves me to death and I love him right back.
    We have raised 8 kids together... weathered all that having 8 kids can throw at you and then some! He is always there for me and our kids and grandkids... and ummmmm.... he's a HUNK! lol

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  5. That video is just heartbreaking. *sigh* I count as beautiful anyone who has touched my heart and helped make me a better person. So, yes, madam, that means you, too! :) Thank you for this series - it was profound and inspirational.

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  6. My husband is beautiful on the inside and outside because he is THE most genuine person that I have ever met. And he inspires me to be who I am because he loves me for me.

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  7. My daughter is beautiful. She is so innocent, so honest, so sweet. Simply beautiful.

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  8. My daughter is beautiful because no matter what size she has been and she does fluctuate, she's always been comfortable in her skin and radiates beauty and self-confidence.

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  9. my son is beautiful to me because he is full of good things and hope for the future. my fiancee is beautiful for she is amazing in so many ways and lights up my life. my sisters, mum and grandma are beautiful for they are different aspects of me. all these amazing people make me beautiful, for they make me smile and feel loved!

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  10. i would love a copy please! And the person i find beautiful to me is my daughter because she is the most precious 4 year old that i was blessed with because before i was pregnt with her, I was told i couldn't have babys and i end up having my daughter so she is the one i call beautiful.

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  11. I know LOTS of beautiful people (including the author of this blog!). Most people are beautiful to me. If you give people a chance you will see it. But if I had to put ONE person down it would be my cousin Sarah. She rocks. She's the sister I never had and I miss her every day I can't see or talk to her.

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