Unpublished Work © 2011 Cristina Carlino
after my thirty years in the cosmetics industry founding, creating and developing cutting edge beauty products for two very successful companies; i know that simple statement to still be the bottom-line. beauty is as beauty does. my companies changed the game, but the rules are still the same. for a beautiful, youthful face – kind generous actions, given freely from our hearts, will trump any beauty ritual. our acts of hate and disregard can make us look and feel very unattractive. our acts of compassion can make us very, very beautiful.
and then, there’s angelina jolie. yesterday, i saw online the news of one of the iconic beauties of our time in pakistan. i was reminded that among jolie’s responsibilities as actress, mother and philanthropist, she is also the goodwill ambassador for the united nation’s refugee agency. in that capacity, she was in pakistan to visit desperately in-need victims of the recent floods there. wearing a burqa in the midst of a crowd of women and children who cannot find their parents, her head and part of her face covered, jolie’s beauty seemed to me even more otherworldly than when i’ve seen her on the red carpet. in a make-shift press conference, she told the people of pakistan she was there to help bring the world’s attention to what has been the greatest disaster in that country’s history. her beauty and history can garner attention. that is a part she can play. so what is our part?
i have tried to show my daughter that life requires no grand stands or home runs to make a difference in the lives of others. something as simple as her telling a woman well beyond her own years “you smell nice” or “i like that pin on your sweater” is enough. anything that brings a smile to another’s face is a gift of beauty. to another as well as to ourselves. few will ever have angelina jolie’s beauty. and although believe me, i’d be lying if i said i wouldn’t like to know what it’s like if just for an hour; i still know beauty is in the details of life. my life. and whatever small gestures i can make to help others.
it makes me think of a very moving dalia lama quote i recently saw that said, “since periods of change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to create a happier world.” i have come to learn that more than a feeling, love is an action. this is the project miracle.
what small action can you take this week to help make your world happier and your beauty shine through?