I received this in my inbox the other day, attributed to Audrey Hepburn, without a doubt one of the most beautiful women of all time. Turns out, she is not really the author of this poem, although it was often attributed to her. Humorist Sam Levenson wrote this, and it was one of Audrey Hepburn’s favorite poems. Some say she often read it aloud to her sons as they were growing up. In a world where beauty is demanded, coveted, and often misrepresented, I think this poem speaks to the often overlooked and truly priceless beauty of a woman.
Time-Tested Beauty Tips
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 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!
I’d love to know your thoughts! What do you think of as true beauty, and if you have a daughter like I do, what are you trying to teach her about beauty?
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