Thanks to Google I was reminded about Audrey Hepburn, a talented actress, loving mother, wife and dedicated humanitarian. She was born May 4th, 1929 and destined to contribute mightily to this world. In my home office I proudly display a beautiful book called Audrey Hepburn – An Elegant Spirit which was written by her son Sean Hepburn Ferrer. In my collection is the iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s movie and a Breakfast at Tiffany’s purse which is now seldom used but enjoys a place on my closet shelf. My mother played Eliza Doolittle in a community play of My Fair Lady and so I came to know those songs very well.
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others;
for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness;
and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
I think what truly drew me to this woman was captured in the title of her son’s book, she was elegant. When using the word, “elegance”, one naturally may think of beauty and Audrey Hepburn was an amazingly natural beauty. However, the elegance and class she possessed emanated from a giving heart and was accompanied by a strength developed from childhood. Such positive attributes threaded into her work, talk and even in her sense of fashion. Along with Sophia Loren, Ms. Hepburn seemed to exude a certain Je ne sais quoi. It is tough to put a label on it but I know few women that can master being able to move simultaneously with such femininity and true personal power.
There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness.
I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.
Through her work with UNICEF Ms. Hepburn made significant contributions to support children and was recognized and honored for her efforts. There is nothing more compelling than to place yourself in a situation that has not been your life experience; give of yourself for the better-meant of others. Traveling to places of such despair was likely heart-breaking on many levels but Ms. Hepburn made it her mission. Selfless souls like Audrey Hepburn find purpose in such experiences, and by using her time and name she helped elevate an understanding of child poverty.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands,
one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
I only wish that when I looked around I could see more women with the grace, class, civility and love she possessed. I wish that the woman of today who strives towards empowerment understood that it is not found in the external trappings of life, but is nurtured through our own relationship with self. I wish that each of us could use our talents accompanied by a strong belief in the benefits of sharing because that’s what I believe Audrey Hepburn did so well,
SHARED LOVED LAUGHED SMILED HEALED