You're Only as Pretty as You Feel Inside

During my adolescent years, one of my favorite bands was “Jefferson Airplane”. Grace Slick, their female vocalist, sang a beautiful song called “Pretty as You Feel.” That song had a major impact on me then and still does to this day.

Despite the underlying meaning of those lyrics, I still had never ending sessions of staring in the mirror and counting an endless array of pimples. It felt as if I had a minefield of those horrid little critters plastered to my face. To my immediate horror, the more I stared in the mirror and worried about their ugly little whiteheads, the more those dang pimples flourished and blossomed. That nasty thing called stress can create so many physical symptoms.

As the years went on, vanity became much less important to me. Various life threatening experiences to both myself and other loved ones changed my precious vanity as well as my overall philosophy of life. The words “You’re Only as Pretty as You Feel Inside,” wormed their way right back into me.

Being pretty is the essence of our being or so the media would like us to think. We see outward beauty constantly advertised everywhere. This easily manipulates our thinking when we read magazines, watch TV, go shopping for clothes, etc. Is this true beauty? The answer is both yes and no, depending on the beautiful person in our direct sight.

Truly beautiful people are those who unknowingly bear their inner beauty, only to reflect it upon others. Most everyone falls in love with them, because they just can’t help it. It really doesn’t matter what they look like on the outside, because their inner beauty creates an outer glow. Sensing and feeling their beauty, we soon find ourselves becoming compelled to be with them and also magnetized just from being in their presence.

It’s my strong belief that beauty lies within all of us. Sometimes we just need to take a long, hard look to find it. When you find your own unique, inner beauty, not only will it help you find the same in others, but it will also make others see you in a different light.

You might weigh 500 pounds and eat 2 dozen donuts for breakfast every morning. Maybe you are a gorgeous, svelte fashion model. Perhaps you are homely or just a little bit cute. Skin color makes no difference. You could be 20, 30, 40, 50 – heck, maybe even 100 years old.

Why should any of that matter? It doesn’t to me. Your inner self ultimately creates your outer mask. Some of the prettiest people that I have ever met are those that have been ridiculed by others, due to an initial reaction to their outward appearance. Those who ridicule them are people who have not taken the time to see the totality and the pure essence of these spiritually, beautiful beings. They are also missing the opportunity to surround themselves with optimistic winners. You are only as pretty as you feel inside!

You're Only as Pretty as You Feel Inside

Polly Peacock

Downingtown, United States

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Pretty As You Feel by Jefferson Airplane

You’re only pretty as you feel
Only pretty as you feel inside
You’re only pretty as you feel
Just as pretty as you feel inside
When you wake up in the morning
Rub some sleep from your eye
Look inside your mirror
Comb your hair
Don’t give vanity a second chance
No, no, no
Beauty’s only skin deep
It goes just so far ‘cause
You’re only pretty as you feel
You’re only pretty as you feel inside
Just as pretty as you feel inside
Now you’re feelin’ pretty
Now you’re feelin’ good
Now you’re ready to face the world girl
Now you’re feelin’ good
Go out there ‘n’ knock ‘em silly girl
Go out there ’n’ show ‘em how to thrill
’Cause you’re only pretty as you feel
Only pretty as you feel
You’re only pretty as you feel
Just as pretty as you feel inside
Feelin’ so pretty, feelin’ so pretty
Pretty mama

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