Photographed by Giorgos Malamidis
It is said that an image is worth a thousand words. If we examined what others see in us, and theoretically translated that impression into words, how would it read, and what would those thousand words really tell us?
Dove, yes the omnipresent bar soap company, embarked on a revolutionary campaign to change women’s perception of themselves. Women’s image, strength, and self-respect were far too dependent on what we saw in the mirror and how society had shaped them, molded their beliefs of what they pictured themselves. Dove’s campaign sought to mitigate the stark disparity between how women see themselves and the, far more flattering truth, of how we’re perceived by others.
This campaign, as you’ll see with the attached link, is filled with tears. I even shed some myself. (And if you know me well, you know I’m not kidding).
These emotions, in turn, conjured a recent and, I feel, an unwarranted critique of this writer. But I was emboldened, not in small part, by this most unlikely source of inspiration. What happens when someone bashes your image? What happens when a person takes what you’ve built and tears it to pieces with negativity and a litany of “I told you so’s”? Should you allow these words to impact how you see yourself?
HELL NO, I say!
Never giving up on my dreams and holding true to visions of how I see myself and my business, is an attribute that cannot be eroded by, but one, provocation. While my ego was a bit bruised initially, the Mariagrazia Lauricella, that my Father in Heaven created me to be, reminded me of some important principles. It’s not how the world views you that really matters; it’s how you see yourself. Do you view yourself the way God created you to be? Do you love what you see in the mirror? Are you happy with you?
Remember, only God can judge. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you behold the image of what you are and who you want to be. No one can take away that essence, that beauty, that image.
Naturally, there can be an immense chasm between delusion and one’s best possible self-portrayal. Line it up with God’s word and you’ll see very quickly if you’re living in lala land or if you’re living up to what God called you to be, - His Masterpiece.
The portrait we all know as the Mona Lisa, on display in Le Louvre in Paris, wasn’t, I think it’s safe to say, painted of a subject known for her striking physical beauty. She was painted because she was a living masterpiece. She sits in perfect harmony with herself. She smiles slyly, inexplicably familiar, honest, and pure. It’s her subtle strength and grounded presence that lures us in, to examine more closely. You see, an image, is indeed, worth a thousand words. For, it is not the ill-guided storytellers who define the subject, but rather, the subject within the image that defines the story.
I hope this serves as a reminder to all, that, whether you believe in a higher being or not, to never let someone else’s negative portrayal define, redirect, or dictate who you are or what you’re capable of doing. Remember, if someone has done this to you, I’m just a phone call away. It would be my pleasure to show you the things that Kings are made of. And guess what? You are a King! I would be honored to share how magnificent you are, and help, in every way I can, on your ascending journey to robustly define every one of your one thousand words.
When our Greece and Sicily retreat happens this September, I’ll be sure to take have our private photographer Giorgos Malamidis (Photographer of the stunning image above) capture the masterpiece that is Mariagrazia Lauricella. With all my imperfect and crazy dreams.
If you are interested in joining me and my partner Dina Georgoulis on our incredible Greece retreat taking place this August 26 – September 12 please follow this link to learn more. It’s an all-inclusive 7-day retreat you can choose to indulge in a private pool terrace overlooking the Ionian Sea or a balcony ocean view. You can also partake in getting to know Mariagrazia's island of Sicily better too. You can choose from 4 retreats, LEARN MORE HERE.
If you’d like to call me to talk more about who you are in God’s eyes or about this retreat or about life. I can be reached at 646-369-4183 MON - FRI. 8AM - 7PM.
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