Words To Live By

   ARG! I’m bloated and my face is erupting like Mt. Vesuvius–perhaps in response to the stress of getting ready for company this weekend (Yea! The Finnish blonde bombshell real-live INKA, along with boyfriend we haven’t met yet, will be here to entertain us for 2 glorious, fun-filled days!)
   Oh, who am I kidding. The bloating and breaking out is without a doubt from the gallons of coffee and coke I’ve been consuming this past week. Oh, well. I figure it’s a good time to remind myself to focus on inner beauty.
   Stop me if you’ve heard this one…no, don’t stop me, really. I just love this poem. I wish somehow to drill it into the heads of my little girls, and I guess my own. Contrary to popular belief, Audrey Hepburn did not write it–this is by a man named 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 or her 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; 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.

About Toni

Mom. Wife. Artist. I take care of the kids and pretend to clean sometimes. I can cook spagetti and I have never been arrested. View all posts by Toni

14 responses to “Words To Live By

  • TexasGirlJen

    Hey there – thanks for stopping by.
    Sorry if I really did make you cry! I don’t know what possessed me to throw all of that out there, but oh well!
    Don’t sweat the break outs and bloating – both will go away sooner than later. At least that’s what I tell myself. lol.

  • Nooner™

    Hmmm … "a Finnish blonde bombshell".  Oh, darn it .. I just read further on .. She has a boyfriend .. lol.
    Why, oh why, do I adore women so freaking much .. lol. Oh, and so you know Re her link on your site:  Inka’s site is blocked to the rest of us.
    Now for the serious Nooney: this poem is awesome. The most precious words for me are the "For Beautiful Hair…".
    Guess what Toni? Though we will never meet, I think your inner beauty is just grand. That’s what I see in each and every online posting of yours that I read, and each and every comment we share, even if most of our comments to each other are comedic. I’m so glad we are online friends!!!!  Very glad, in fact!

  • Gamma

    How true is that! Do you mins if I copy this?

  • Sheryl-Ann

    Lovely poem Toni!  Too often we focus on the outer beauty when the inner beauty is what really counts.  Thanks for reminding us all about that, and let us start looking beyond the superficial and deeper into someone’s soul.
    Having said that, why are you drinking so much coffee and coke (smile)?
    Enjoy your day!

  • Unknown

    I just logged in to the finnish bombshell’s blog to inquire if Caleigh
    & I can ‘hitch’ a ride on the aircraft and crash your party this
    wknd!  No hnestly, we’re getting the hell out of here – I just
    don’t know where yet.  Happy flippin Mothers’ Day to me – no
    kitchen, no sink, no stove, no dishwasher – and a whopping $10,000 in
    remodeling (which should have originally cost about $3k!) 

  • Unknown

    BTW, you & Caleb are going to LOVE the boyfriend.  I HEART the
    boyfriend; he’s the bomb.  I think they are a great match. 

  • Unknown

    PSS – I’m breaking out and bloating, too… oh shit – that’s called
    pregnancy.  Hey… hmm.. there’s a thought:  breakout,
    bloating, toni + caleb = pregnancy??? Could be coule be… he he he :)

  • Laura

    I agree that is a great poem. I have never heard it before. Inner beauty isn’t held in such high esteem these days… just take a look at, well, almost all of the super stars out there today! So sad…

  • Gamma

    Giggggle Porn site? OMG sorry about that.
    I have neuropathic back pain. It’s l ike having  your nerves exposed and then sandpaper rubbed over them. I can’t walk more than a few yards without having servere  back pain. That’s why I was in a wheel chair at the grocery shop. Ugh It’s not something I want to have to use all the time. With a bit of luck some extra morphine like meds the pain doctor gave me today to work along with the pain patch just might allow me to do a bit more. Even some housework LOL.
    Thanks for asking Toni. Always glad to answer questions.
    Glad you and your daughter had fun feeding the purple one. You didn’t give her a tummy ache did you;-)

  • Sue

    What a great poem.  So true… if only we believed it!
    : )  Sue

  • LH

    I loved this entry.  Thank you for sharing.

  • Alicia

    Nope, that entry is gone…so are ya gonna give me the gist of it??  I’m DYING here woman!!  :)

  • barnyardmama

    OK, I may have heard it before, but some things are good to hear more than once–I’m always trying to be a better person–there’s nothing more rewarding.  I love the line about never throwing a person away.  I see teachers do it every day and it saddens me. 
    Oh, and the date story?  just Priceless:)
    Don’t worry, I’m not going to stop blogging, I’m just slowing down.

  • Elizabeth

    uhhh funny you mentioned bloating cuz I am totally bloated right now!!! I think I even look prego…uhh ohh!

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