Redeeming The Time
I began this site a couple of years back to share my reviews of wigs and hairpieces. I never imagined I would spend my time looking at “alternative hair”, (much less wearing them) but due to a medical condition, I started losing my hair. Little by little my hair seems to be returning to normal, but in my search for knowledge about the totally foreign world of fake hair, I spent countless hours educating myself. It’s a steep learning curve.
I wish I could get the hours back that I was focused on outer beauty, but I thought perhaps I could help “redeem the time I spent” by helping others in the same position and hopefully help them save time. Hence; my YouTube Wig and HairPiece Reviews on YouTube.
Subsequent to my SATURATION on YouTube I began to think how we are constantly bombarded by social media incessantly instructing and tutoring us nonstop on how to be the “perfect woman” or the best, more improved version of ourselves? I’m truly thankful for a lot of the content available to me for free. I can learn about almost anything on virtually any topic. I’m sure we can all agree that our image-conscious culture can get out of hand. We run the risk of allowing our outward selves to dictate to our inner woman. That is to say the very “soul and character” of who you are. I wonder if many of us have our priorities out of order? Are we so concerned about our outer beauty (skin, hair, makeup, exercise. clothing) that we neglect the more important inner self?
So, lately, I’ve been thinking this site might have a dual purpose. I think it’s nice when people care enough about themselves to take care of their appearance. But I wonder if society has been going overboard with so much attention, time, and money being spent on the outer self while neglecting what in the long run is the most important thing. The “INNER SELF”.
So, may I ask a question?
What good is outward beauty without “inner beauty”? So again I ask (and I’m asking myself too) “Is it time for an inner facelift?” Are you drifting away from the things that are more important than the outer self? A deeper question: Are you drifting away from God?
There is so much pressure on women today, both young and old to look a certain way, carry the right bag, trendy shoes, that little black dress, use the right slang, snap the perfectly poised photo, go to the right school, land the best job, snag the hot and/or connected guy, (or keep the one you’ve got) etc., etc. The pressure (albeit silent) to look and act a certain way can sometimes overshadow our desire or even awareness that our inner beauty is being neglected. There are countless sites (and videos) on how to be beautiful (or at least improve) on ones’ appearance, and I’m am totally on board with being the “best or at least improved version of myself”.
There is certainly a place for attaining (and sharing) information about new methods and products that may help me look more beautiful and age more gracefully, and I love sharing some of that knowledge on this site.
Lately, I’m concerned that many of us may be choosing outward beauty as the ultimate goal and perhaps neglecting the inner beauty of the heart. So, instead of thinking so much about the wrinkles on our face or the less than perfect derriere (booty) how about shifting our focus somewhat and nurturing kindness, gentleness, and other lovely virtues.
I’m certainly not saying I have yet fully attained that inner beauty, but the desire of my heart is to strive toward that end.
No one needs to be reminded that “beauty fades.” The hard truth is that it will happen to us all, and the mirror reminds us in case we forget. Let’s not chase after outward beauty at the expense of developing that inner beauty which will never fade away. believe with proper mindfulness, we can achieve both. We can still be beautiful and it will be a different type of beauty. Someone once said “Beauty Changes.” I like that. But someone else has a reminder for us and it is this: Proverbs 31:30 – Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. I love that !!
Yep, it’s time for an inner facelift.
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