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Beauty, ageing and illness

From: Empowered Living,

Beauty, ageing and illness

As the years pass and you're no longer feeling beautiful...

Are you grateful for your body? Do you realise the human body is the greatest art form in existence? Most people take this amazing gift for granted and complain about the shape of their body, a crooked tooth or heavy thighs. No matter what your body looks like, you will always have things you like and dislike. You don’t like your hair but you like your eyes; you don’t like your mouth but you like your skin.

People wrongly compare themselves to a fantasy of how they think they “should” look - to the women in magazines or girls on TV. I know a lady whose husband had a fantasy ideal about the way he thought his wife should look. After much criticising, and out of fear of losing him, she had plastic surgery, which proved to be the worst thing she could have done as it went drastically wrong.

Instead of criticising your body ask how you can you be grateful for it? How has it served you? Has it given you beautiful children? Have your legs allowed you to walk in various parts of the world? Do your legs take you to the bathroom? Has your mouth spoken words of wisdom and inspired others? The things you dislike most about your body are going to serve you just as much as the things you like.

After an outwardly beautiful woman had a debilitating stroke, she went into depression. Only eventually was she able to see how the stroke had actually benefitted her. Before the stroke she noticed her life was superficial and empty. It was focused on the way she looked, dressed and whom she mixed. She realised how arduous a lifestyle she’d been running in order to maintain her looks - and how much it had cost her in time, money and energy. At 55 she was still trying to look 21, and it was all about physical beauty. The stroke was a gift to her to allow herself permission to love herself for whom she really is. By asking the right questions and writing down the benefits (hundreds of them), she began to feel the gift in her heart and became grateful for the stroke.

We can alter our lives by altering our perceptions and attitudes. The lady no longer said, “Why is this happening to me?” but began to ask, “How can I use this to my advantage?” There is no loss of trait, just transformation, and her “beauty” changed form. From the former physical outward beauty came a new set of beauty – the beauty to slow down and be present, the beauty to open your heart, the beauty to have openness towards others, the beauty to share, the beauty to inspire, the beauty to smile and help other people.

Another beautiful woman completely lost her hearing due to a virus she’d contracted. She was deeply depressed for four years as she felt completely cut off from the world. As a result, she lost her outer radiance and therefore her beauty, which ended in her husband leaving her. When she wrote down, again and again, how the situation helped her and how she could use it to her advantage she realised it was a gift. She now knew what she wanted to do in life and with this realisation not only did her radiance, beauty and vitality return but also her finances, wealth and social influence improved.

So no matter what your physical body is like, just be grateful for it and see how all parts of it can serve and assist you. In fact it’s not your body that causes you pain and misery, but your thoughts about your body. Being grateful for it and its myriad of powerful gifts – you will become empowered and it will make the difference between experiencing wellness or depression and illness in your life.

Everyone has beauty somewhere! Recognise your own unique form, stop comparing and minimising yourself to others and allow yourself to shine.

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Susan Dellanzo is an International Transformation Coach & Speaker who inspires others to live a more fulfilling life. Susan has had a lifelong passion in the areas of human behaviour, personal development, health, fitness, and lifestyle. In particular she is interested in mind, body, and soul, and has spent a lifetime observing how people interact between each other owing to their self imposed limited beliefs. An author, speaker, mother and wife who loves to travel and teach internationally as well as nationally.

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