Beauty

It’s tough being a kid these days.

Those bullies in the playground, those endless billboards showing perfect hair, perfect teeth, the perfect body…

It makes you want to hide from the world; it’s all too easy to make kids feel ugly or unwanted.

We have to give them the self-confidence to believe in themselves

And realize that they too are filled with light and beauty.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
— Confucius

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56 responses

  1. Wonderful quote .. no truer words. Giggled at the first shot … fun! Really enjoyed this post. Happy Critter Day!

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    April 30, 2011 at 16:41

  2. Wonderful photos and a great quote. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

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    April 30, 2011 at 16:57

  3. lilalia

    You are spot on. I keep on wishing I could show my children how beautiful they are in my eyes. Not the beauty is only skin deep type, but the grace of their movements, or the gracious gestures of compassion they extend their fellowmen.

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    April 30, 2011 at 16:58

  4. You are a poet and a philosopher – both with your words and with your camera. (If it was me, I’d have made a terrible joke about swans mooning me – lol)

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    April 30, 2011 at 17:01

  5. I couldn’t agree more, and I love your choice of pics to illustrate the point!

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    April 30, 2011 at 17:04

  6. Excellent!

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    April 30, 2011 at 17:20

  7. Just wonderful, Fi. Such true words, and such lovely photos. The first picture sure made me smile.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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    April 30, 2011 at 17:41

  8. amen. we had twisted so our view of beauty that it becomes an impossible toil instead of recognizing the beauty within each of us…

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    April 30, 2011 at 18:17

  9. Looks so pastural!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    April 30, 2011 at 18:25

  10. The blueness of the water is amazing!

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    April 30, 2011 at 18:32

  11. I think this is especially true for those raising daughters.
    Every time I see photos of your children, I can only be in awe of their beauty and perfection. God does good work! ♥

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    April 30, 2011 at 19:17

    • Love makes everyone and everything beautiful.

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      April 30, 2011 at 19:18

  12. our culture does so much harm to our children’s self esteem. it’s always been a phenotype-priority culture, but it sure seems to be raging out of control lately. i think that’s why there’s such an appetite for the type of ancient spiritual stuff you are saying here. beautiful blue water, cleansing.
    good to see you again:) hope all is very, very well.

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    April 30, 2011 at 20:26

  13. cloudia

    if you accept them and share moments, the will get the idea that they matter!

    you must be a great roll-model too.

    Warm Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral

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    April 30, 2011 at 21:04

  14. It can be a daunting challenge – there are so many external forces we have to help them fight. Wonderful post (and photos, of course!)

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    April 30, 2011 at 21:25

  15. I think KC is right. My boys seem so confident and self-assured. I see that it’s more difficult to instill those qualities in daughters.. at least it would appear so.

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    April 30, 2011 at 21:25

  16. JM

    Very wise words (I couldn’t agree more with you) to go with the beautiful shots. Great post.

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    April 30, 2011 at 21:43

  17. What a perfect way to get the message across.
    wonderful.

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    April 30, 2011 at 21:45

  18. I hate television and the media. Time to start a media revolution and tell them to stop feeding us lies!!!

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    April 30, 2011 at 21:49

  19. It is hard being a kid these days. Hubby and I were discussing school days only last week and comparing the changes. Excellent quote.

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    April 30, 2011 at 22:11

  20. Fabulous shots and a great quote!
    Loved visiting your blog. So many wonderful shots!
    Thanks for sharing;o)
    Have a nice and happy weekend¤

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    April 30, 2011 at 22:28

  21. Yes! It seems to me (looking back from my great age ;>)) that it gets harder and harder to raise kids. It is important to have a mom with the right attitude. Your kids do!

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    April 30, 2011 at 23:19

  22. Jim

    Perfect photos for this quote. Sometimes we really have to ‘look’ for the beauty in something…..but it is always there!!!

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    May 1, 2011 at 00:08

  23. Those swans look lovely against the blue water. Our society does have such a problem with real beauty.

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    May 1, 2011 at 01:14

  24. Beautiful and true. Thank you.

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    May 1, 2011 at 01:27

  25. Self confidence is a beautiful thing to cultivate. Beautiful captures.

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    May 1, 2011 at 01:32

  26. Beautiful shots.

    Butterfly and Wasp, have a blessed weekend!

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    May 1, 2011 at 02:05

  27. That quote says it all. Love the photos you chose to go with it.

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    May 1, 2011 at 03:15

  28. I was a butt ugly kid. Didn’t keep me from having fun. It’s great to be good looking, but kids and the rest of us need to remember it’s just one of a lot of great things to be. We’re all something great, and nobody’s everything!

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    May 1, 2011 at 04:14

  29. Sweet!

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    May 1, 2011 at 04:19

  30. It is tough. I remember facing that challenge in high school in the 1980s. Our group dubbed ourselves the Swiss Cheese Heads and ducked all the judgments to make it to the other side and have fun. Not easy.

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    May 1, 2011 at 04:26

  31. Kay

    Funny! The second photo is really lovely.

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    May 1, 2011 at 07:53

  32. Kay

    Of course I meant the photo was funny. The thought is not– but putting it with the photo of the hiding “ugly duckling” is a really clever way to make the point.

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    May 1, 2011 at 07:58

  33. Amy

    So true Fi! Loved that first photo…cute…

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    May 1, 2011 at 09:37

  34. beautiful the color from the Swan and the water
    wonderful photos, have a nice and sunny week

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    May 1, 2011 at 14:34

  35. As ever, thoughtful post, beautifully illustrated. I’m sure your children feel loved and appreciated!

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    May 1, 2011 at 15:58

  36. Beautiful photos and true words.

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    May 1, 2011 at 16:00

  37. A beautiful quotation to accompany beautiful photos. Burying one’s head in the sand – or water – solves nothing.

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    May 1, 2011 at 16:31

  38. I love the swan butt shot. and your words ring true too. these are fabulous shots as usual Ladyfi! have a great week.

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    May 1, 2011 at 19:47

  39. Gotta say… I love that as he “hides” his face from the world, he is also sticking his butt out at them to show he just does not care what they think! 🙂

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    May 1, 2011 at 21:36

  40. Lg

    Man får vara glad om barnen blir vuxna utan att ha blivit alltför skadade.

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    May 1, 2011 at 23:12

  41. One

    Your words are so true. This is a great reminder accompanied by wonderful photos. I love them. Thank you.

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    May 2, 2011 at 00:07

  42. >Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. Confucius

    That’s so meaningful.
    If Confucius could speak English, he’d probably say:
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 😉

    Actually there’s a similar saying like this in Chinese.

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    May 2, 2011 at 02:59

  43. This was just TOO CUTE! And so true also, it really is a shame that kids are exposed to the wrong idea of beauty in a daily basis…

    Loved it Fi!

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    May 2, 2011 at 04:28

  44. Wren

    Truth with a coating of humor and good will. I’d be very challenged growing up in today’s world, but your children look strong and secure in themselves and perhaps much better prepared for modern life.

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    May 2, 2011 at 04:50

  45. Beautiful birds.

    My entry Spot Me

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    May 2, 2011 at 07:15

  46. beautiful shots!!!

    loved the blue color

    Bhupesh

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    May 2, 2011 at 07:42

  47. The photos are lovely and the words are too true.

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    May 2, 2011 at 08:37

  48. Very Beautiful! Loved the capture as always and the quote as well… so very true 🙂

    My Yatra Diary…

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    May 2, 2011 at 10:43

  49. Playground bullying is a big problem here too Fi. I agree with your other comments too. Loved your photos. Swans here are black – Dave

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    May 2, 2011 at 11:27

  50. You said it perfectly.

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    May 2, 2011 at 13:21

  51. It is very hard to be a child, my Grands struggle with bullies too..I think more parents need to pay attention to their kids and what they are doing:)

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    May 3, 2011 at 06:15

  52. Love the photos! Everything has gotten so complicated kids don’t have it easy.

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    May 4, 2011 at 03:38

  53. I love the location of all your shots! Beautifully captured with beautiful words which touch the kid in you :):)

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    May 4, 2011 at 17:04

  54. Just wanted to thank you for recommending my “Coucher de soleil sur champ de pissenlits et boutons d’or”!
    Loved your swans too! And the first pic is simply too funny;o)
    Thanks for sharing;o)
    Have a nice and happy day****

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    May 5, 2011 at 02:56

  55. Caught up now , Ladyfi… You are such a treasured part of my life…

    belated Mother’s Day wishes to you as well.

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    May 12, 2011 at 19:30

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