"Lose 10 Pounds by Next Month"

I was surprised to see so many people in the magazine section of Barnes & Noble bookstore yesterday during the lunch hour. I walked through the aisles taking a look at the featured stories in some of the top selling magazines: “How to Look Better”, “Lose 10 Pounds by Next Month”, “Fat Free Brownie Recipes”, “Drop a Full Dress Size”, “Ten Best Dressed”, “The Accessories That Count”, “The Junk Food Diet”, “976 New Looks”.

By the time I reached the end of the magazine section I began to wonder how any of us are brave enough to leave the house with all of our physical flaws that seem to need dramatic attention.

Don’t you think it is time to focus on something beyond physical appearance? It would be refreshing to see some different ideas featured in the popular magazines:
  • Exercises for the brain
  • Do something kind for someone every day
  • Save money – stop spending what you don’t have
  • Think for yourself
  • It’s okay to be nice
  • Be a good friend, don’t buy one
  • Be confident and smile
  • Learn to speak so others will listen
  • Listen with your eyes
  • Help someone in need
  • Get to know your neighbors
  • Make things better than you found them
  • Be strong. Stand up for what is right.
Find ways this week to recognize who you are on the inside and learn to strengthen those characteristics. You are a strong, intelligent, kind, beautiful and talented individual. Stop paying attention to the negative comments surrounding you. Enjoy your life and make time for chocolate.

Following are some videos from Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty.