In a recent post I likened pharmaceutical advertising to spitting in my face and hocus-pocus. I didn’t pick on all advertising because I’m a fan of the persuasive art when it is done well. Yesterday, I saw it done very well.
Yesterday, Why is there bread in my kool-aid? shared Silver Linings and the above video. Before you read more from us, especially my female friends, if you haven’t watched the video, please do (but promise to come back) to avoid a spoiler below.
I’m pleased to report that I immediately chose the beautiful door. Me! Older, grayer, you-get-the-picture-er, me. Why? Two of my reasons are shown in the video.
The scenes that show individual women stopping to think through the decision to walk through the beautiful door, or not, capture our need to stop. Stop. Stop to be reasonable. We need to stop and ask ourselves, “Who decides what is beautiful?” “Who decides about my beauty?” Me, that’s who.
Fortunately, I’m not alone in this world. The scenes that include women helping women to choose the beautiful door made me cry. There are times in life when we carry burdens that are too heavy to carry alone. For example, when we are young, awkward, and convinced that we aren’t beautiful, we need other women to help us to see the lie. We need to see their confidence in us and themselves. We need to see ourselves in them.
I’ll add one more reason as to why I chose the beautiful door.
Just as there are women who help us to choose the beautiful door, there are beautiful men who see the beauty in us, often when we can’t see it ourselves. My husband has called me “Beautiful” for years, much to my discomfort at first. He persisted. My sons build me up with compliments and sweet gestures, ensuring me that I’m the only woman for them. Being their only woman will not persist so I’m enjoying the ride while it lasts.
Beautiful men look past female insecurities and fussy ways to reassure us that our beauty is both skin deep and deeper still.
Do you consider yourself to be beautiful? Would you walk through the beautiful door? Do you help others to be beautiful? Do you find the video to be truthful? Something else?
Choose beautiful because you are. ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc