We are vain… especially about our appearance.
I’m not trying to be critical, that’s just the way I see it; and to tell you the truth, I don’t think there is anything wrong with wanting to look good.
I’m just not sure we need to spend a fortune on gym memberships, hair styles, cosmetics and designer clothes to achieve that goal.
All those industries have benefitted from our insecurities, but that does not mean they cannot be rewarding and enjoyable, and I definitely think it is good to keep fit.
The thing is, I suspect the rise of the‘beauty’ business has masked the fact that true beauty comes from inside and has little to do with anything we do to our faces or bodies.
Am I getting a bit spiritual here? Sorry about that, but I’m only writing about this now because I failed to follow some semi-spiritual advice at a recent yoga class.
The instructor asked us to stop thinking and simply direct our consciousness to the various muscle groups she slowly listed in the lead-up to the class ending meditation.
The idea being to let go of any thoughts that tried to interfere with our awareness.
When she asked us to relax our face muscles, however, I noticed something that got me thinking… and kept me thinking right up to the point I heard the ringing of the Tibetan singing bowl she strikes to end our sessions.
Yeah, I can imagine what some of you might be thinking, but I really do believe there are benefits to this kind of stuff.
Anyway, the thing I noticed while I wasn’t supposed to be thinking was that when I relaxed all the muscles in my face, it settled into a smile.
Not a big grin, just a peaceful smile. I thought that was really interesting because it meant we have to make an effort and tense muscles not to smile.
That thought led to more thoughts, including everyone seems to look better when they are smiling like that… and even supermodels like Naomi Campbell, who is pictured above, can be quite unattractive when they twist their faces into scowls.
So, there you go; maybe the best way to look our best is to stop worrying so much about how we look.
That way we will be more likely to relax and smile.
It might also be a good idea to accept that people can have very different ideas about what is attractive.
Two engineering students meet on campus one day and one says, “Hey nice bike. Where did you get it?”
The other says, “Well, I was walking to class the other day when this beautiful woman rides up on this bike.
She jumps off, takes off all her clothes and says, ‘I’ll give you anything you want.’ So, I took the bike.”
“Good choice,” says the first student, “her clothes probably wouldn’t have fit.”
Hopefully, even if you don’t know any engineers, that has brought a smile to your face.