Poetic Art: Time Tested Beauty

The poem “Time-Tested Beauty” written by Samuel Levenson, and popularized by Audrey Hepburn, can offer insights and guidance on how to become a better person. A version of the poem is reproduced below:

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 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.

Here are some ways in which the poem can help make you a better person:

  1. Embrace timeless values: The poem highlights the importance of embracing timeless values such as honesty, kindness, and courage. I have never heard anyone say I wish I was less honest, kind, or courageous.
  2. Focus on the things that matter: The poem emphasizes that true beauty lies in the things that cannot be seen, such as kindness, generosity, and love. By focusing on beauty there is less room and time to focus on negativities
  3. Stay true to yourself: The poem encourages you to stay true to yourself. A surefire way to fail is to try to be someone you are not. Embrace your individuality and be true to yourself.
  4. Practice kindness and generosity: The poem emphasizes the importance of practicing kindness and generosity, even when it may not be easy. By focusing on these values, you can become a better man by exhibiting compassion and generosity towards others.

In conclusion, the poem “Time-Tested Beauty” can provide valuable insights and guidance on how to become a better person. By embracing timeless values, focusing on what truly matters, staying true to yourself, and practicing kindness and generosity, you can improve yourself and become a better person.