Personal Note: On Audrey Hepburn’s Poem ‘beauty tips’

I received an email this morning with the following poem written by humanitarian, activist and actor Audrey Hepburn. I have read her poem ‘Beauty Tips‘ before and thought it quite wonderful. I hope you enjoy it as well.

Apparently this poem was her response when asked to share her beauty tips. I think it speaks volumes.

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/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.


As I have traveled through my now sixty-six years on Mother Earth I have come to believe like Ms. Hepburn that if we are to live a worthy earthly existence we need to do so with humanity and gratitude. Never speak ill of another for you do not know the path they have walked. Never judge the words or actions of another for you do not know what led them to speak or act as they did. Always smile and be willing to lend a hand to someone in need. Don’t scowl at the neighbor’s yard or spilled rubbish but instead lend a hand for it is most likely needed. I feel if we put ourselves outside the equation (so to speak) the solution to life’s issues (or our challenges) become clear to us. I hope you agree.

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