Time Tested Beauty Tips

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 that 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.

Sam Levenson

NOTE: This poem was one of Audrey Hepburn's favorites and has been erroneously attributed to her. It was read by Miss Hepburn to her sons, Sean and Luca on Christmas Eve, 1992 and also on occasion when she was asked for beauty tips.

I've been invited to help present an evening of Inner Beauty to a group of Young Women (girls 12 to 18) in a neighboring ward (LDS congregation.) I have 5 minutes to shed some light on the second line about lovely eyes. I take these things very seriously and always get so nervous. I finished my preparations early this morning and thought I'd share this poem with you because thinking about it and the theme of inner beauty has caused me to think about our children and especially our
teenagers. As they head back to school and face the peer pressure and
popularity contest that is an ever present thing in their classrooms and hallways, I
think we should remind them that it is what is on the inside that
matters and that what is on the inside will be seen in their eyes!

I absolutely believe that our eyes are our most important feature. Beautiful lips, shiny hair, a svelte body and all the poise in the world cannot make up for empty, sad or shifty eyes. Eyes are the windows to the soul.

My message (in short) will be that there is a difference between seeing and seeking and that they very best way to seek the best in others is to seek the light of Christ in our lives.

I love this quote that I found:

"A sacred light comes to our eyes and countenances when we have
a personal bond with our loving Heavenly Father and His Son."

James E. Faust


Food for thought. OK … Off to go school shopping with this boy, who is lately cracking me up! I'm looking forward to good ole one-on-one.

Wish me luck today and tonight!


  1. good luck with the presentation–i know you’ll do great.
    what a great picture of chase and chase!!

  2. I wish you were coming to speak to our YW. They (and I) would totally benefit from your advice and wisdom. Wait, I guess that’s what this blog is for! I love your advice and wisdom. Thanks!
    Our dog’s name is Chase (really, no offense to your son, lol) I’ve never thought of taking a picture of him by Chase bank. Ha, so cute!

  3. I’ve always thought those beauty tips were the best ones!
    Great picture of Chase.

  4. Love, love, love it! Your young women are very lucky to get to hear your words. It’s a message that needs to be repeated, and repeated, and repeated. It’s what’s on the INSIDE that is important. Good job.

  5. Leora Henkin says:

    I am a little late to wish you luck, But I am sure you did great. Love the pic of the Chase’s. How cool is that?
    Happy Back to School,

  6. Thank you so much for the words by Sam Levenson. I am going to share them with my MOPS group. There is a great deal of power in those thoughts– good luck with your “speech” :)

  7. Love these words by Sam! I’ve never heard that before, and I love it. :)
    And that photo of Chase… awesome! I hope you had some good one-on-one time! :)

  8. *love* those words

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