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🌹Is there REALLY Beauty in the BEAST?

🌹Is there REALLY Beauty in the BEAST?

Is there Beauty in the Beast?

We all know that saying: ‘When the Dust Settles’ —the idiomatic expression used to convey that notion of things becoming clearer once you gain some distance from—or perspective on— a troubling situation.

For me personally, the dust has settled on many ‘BEASTLY’ experiences this past year, ‘clearing the fog from my eyes’ and allowing me to view my life with heightened perspective and a fresh new outlook.

⬆️ Is that even possible?

I wish.

But what’s this got to do with anything??

Let’s go to the ‘BEAST’— to find out. Sometimes a ‘BEASTLY SITUATION’ can boggle our minds, even more strange—an experience can actually lead us to think we are witnessing something BEAUTIFUL & good, when it is in fact, detrimental. An example that immediately came to mind, though some may find this alarming—given the pervasive nature of its positive identity in our society…

Disney.

I had been doing a little reading and stumbled upon a young college student who’d written a series of fun-scholarly posts. This young woman takes a position of regard for Disney’s large enterprise, while questioning the social issues ‘left in plain sight’ that consistently disempower females- but are hidden under a fog of big ‘trusting eyes’ and catchy tunes. She diplomatically approaches the question of Disney’s integrity and the pervasiveness of its ability to ‘pull the wool over’ so many people’s eyes. Intelligent individuals, parents, kids & couples, —like ‘Bambi’ in the headlights—have become entranced, ‘Frozen’ in their perceptions and quite literally…have fallen prey to the Beastly ‘lessons’ Disney perpetually instills in its audience.

All this— under the disguise of something… always magical… always beautiful.

So this might give you a better sense of what I mean. When I said I was seeking a fresh outlook on some circumstances of my own—’things’ camouflaged in something other than what they really were—that’s what I meant by needing to let the dust settle a bit and gain some sort of new perspective. Yes, my own experiences are unrelated to Disney. However, after reading this series of posts from an astute young college girl on the topic of media’s influence, I drew a connection, that seemed to me—interestingly intertwined—particularly given the recent focus on the release of a new version of “BEAUTY” & The “BEAST.”

Okay, so instead of my raging on ‘against the dying of the light’—what about this: let’s get back to letting the ‘dust settle’ after BEASTLY things occur in our lives— This could be a really great idea.

Looking at negative experiences in a new way can enhance our life, bring needed growth or even a lesson.

🤔Can an ugly experience bring true beauty?

🤔Can a seemingly beautiful experience actually be ugly?

Well, as for my own personal BEASTLY experiences this past year or so— they’ve shown me something I’d always known—but somehow—just needed it to be ‘refreshed:’

All that glitters isn’t gold.

And since outer BEAUTY has never been what I place at the forefront of my value system anyway— I began to see that these BEASTLY experiences had disguised themselves as TRUE BEAUTY–kind of like a ‘poser’ or an ‘imposter’.

I know- sounds a bit weird, but maybe there’s something to it.

Here’s what I mean: they were a series of seemingly Beautiful & GOOD experiences, yet ultimately BEASTLY LESSONS in disguise—and—when the dust finally settled, some seriously necessary awakening, truth & wisdom were revealed.

Do we sometimes RESIST ‘seeing’ that something we continue to experience—a series of circumstances, or even people—are not contributing to the TRUE BEAUTY or goodness that we value and work to instill in our own life experience?

Absolutely.

And we should question everything that enters our life—or—at the very least, attempt to see it from a new perspective. We should encourage ourselves to dig beneath the surface, beneath the camouflage of outer BEAUTY and rampant social acceptance—challenging our efforts in the mainstream. Challenge Pride, Fear of the Unknown, Envy, Hatred, Rejection, or whatever may try to prevent us from looking deeper & being better.

We should mentally examine all of this and more—because it’s our life—and if we don’t—it can lead to our resistance of living another, better reality. Especially when the seeming “BEAUTY” of a circumstance or experience is ubiquitously staring us in the face like that “sweet” Big-eye’d Disney “Princess”.

So, since I don’t know you and you likely don’t know me— instead of revealing our own seemingly BEAUTIFUL yet possibly BEASTLY experiences to one another, let’s agree to examine them in our own time.  Hope that sounds good to you. :o)

In the meantime, I will leave you with a brief list of some BEASTLY truths that could be interpreted as BEAUTIFUL if not looked at from a deeper & new perspective. It requires you to free your mind a bit from it’s own shackles, be open to the possibility… and think differently.

So, while still remaining open to the questions that lie within this potential Disney BEAST, take a look and see what YOU think.

Have a little fun and try to use this as an exercise in developing the multi-lens camera of the mind. ZOOOOM-in! Take a look at Disney as the BEAST for a moment instead of the BEAUTY that we’ve “all” come to believe it to be.

See if you can detect any potentially harmful or sinister values this ‘Media Monster’ may be instilling in your value system and how they might be negatively affecting you or your family. See if you catch anything that may have been ‘flying under the radar’ for you—yet now seems as if it could be a BEASTLY and pervasive theme in the Disney movies out there:

—“Get the fiancé out of the way and the whole thing will be fixed.” (sung by the Trolls in Frozen)

—Social Hierarchy & Female Submission
 —Focus AWAY from Depth of Character & Intellect

—Extreme Superficiality
—“Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you think my collection’s complete? Wouldn’t you think I’m the girl, the girl who has everything?”

(Life’s not complete for the Little Mermaid without getting that man to “Complete” her.)

—Encouragement of Female Jealousy & Vindictiveness in order to gain Male Attention…

(Tinkerbell: a TEENIE-TINY example)

—Not Empowering children in Independent Thought 
—Discouragement of Living in the Present Moment

—Waiting on “Some Day”

—Seeking Acceptance from others, even when they are unkind or abusive—in the hopes that they will or have truly changed.  Have they? Can they? (Beauty & the Beast)

—Ultimately Physical ‘BEAUTY’ outweighing every Authentic Virtue of Character & Strength

—Charm & Deceit Encouraged over Honesty & Individuality

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My Sincere Thanks for Reading.

I hope it was something that helped bring you a “Think-Different” Perspective—and—most importantly—no matter what your feelings are about Disney…that you begin to keep check on posers or imposters that negatively alter your intentions for positive experiences & growing life-lessons.

My hope for you, is that any BEASTLY experience can ultimately bring you BEAUTY through the learning—and that you’ll be able to ‘zoom-in’ to identify false BEAUTY’s disguises for what they are so you can place your focus on what True Beauty means to YOU.

Sincerely,

Jennifer C. Lopez  -TheJennieration-

Now, I’ll leave you to peruse other themes on this college student’s website:The Dark side of the Moon.

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The female Elephant is incredibly loyal to the places she considers HOME.

Like a loyal Elephant mother and her child, my daughter Ella and I return each year to a place we consider HOME—The College of Wooster.

Elephants have been a symbol in our home since our daughter Ella was born & actually the reason her name IS… Ella. They were the only choice for the cover of our Mother-Daughter Book because they represent the epitome of family, education and parenting.  We have been returning to The College of Wooster every year since our daughter was a baby.

 

Ella knows Wooster as a home away from home and feels her mother’s love for the special place where my own treasured life learning took place.

Ella is a Homeschooled girl- from a New Generation of Fearless Learners.

She was 7 years old when we completed and published our book this past summer and we are tremendously grateful that it was selected & included in-

The College of Wooster Magazine’s Winter 2017 Edition.

Thank you Ms. Karol Crosbie, Editor in Chief

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Our Mother-Daughter Homeschool Book is about standing apart and understanding that this doesn’t mean—standing alone. It’s about finding exceptional resilience and freedom to live in line with your own authentic desires and human spirit—without feeling the need to conform. It’s about being fearless and learning how. This is just a small part of what I learned at Wooster.

It makes our family proud, observing the College of Wooster’s FORESIGHT when it comes to embracing uniqueness and accepting diverse learning experiences. There is a beautiful congruence between its traditional ethic in academia and the college’s prudence toward embracing valuable members of the new Homeschool community. According to current statistics, Wooster is among a small (yet growing) list of elite colleges such as Baylor University, Brown, Carnegie Mellon U., Case Western Reserve, Dartmouth, Dennison, Georgetown, Harvard, Miami U. of Ohio, Princeton, Radford, Tulane and others—encouraging students who’ve been raised in a Homeschool environment to attend and thrive in their academic setting (LearningFreedom.org,).

The College of Wooster’s forward thinking ideals are what encouraged my own selection and final decision to attend as an undergraduate, though I myself was not raised a Homeschooler. Students who have grown up in a Homeschool setting thrive and contribute at C.O.W.—which is a pretty unique and special quality about the college.

Wooster has foresight & always has been a college that looks beyond the confining boundaries of conventional thinking—toward the endless possibilities open-mindedness brings!

Some may find the facts that support phenomenal success rates of Homeschooled students in the college setting a surprise, but nonetheless—they are valid. The days of questioning a Homeschooler’s ability to socialize have now become a misguided belief of the past.

My heart tells me that Ella will probably attend Wooster one-day, and her refreshing perspective on life and contributions as a former Homeschooler will be welcomed warmly.

So, like that loyal elephant mother with her child—we will continue to return to the College, our home away from home each year.

 

The College encouraged me to grow into who I am as a person today—all these years later and I attribute my ability to becoming an educator, a fearless parent and an author- to my experiences there.  Throughout all my years of education, even beyond Wooster—it was by far my most treasured experience.

Looking back, C.O.W. is nothing less than a place of ‘UDDER’ magnificence to me.

I became comfortable in my own skin in many ways…in this special place, called C.O.W. for its play on words (being surrounded by the farms and fields of corn).

There is nowhere like it on earth for me and I am eternally grateful because it has allowed me the ability to help our daughter to grow comfortable in her own uniqueness at a much younger age.

Thank you College of Wooster!

 

Until it’s time once again for you, Woo…

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