WHAT IS TRUE BEAUTY TO YOU?
As Valentine’s Day approaches, I was reflecting on just what “beauty” means. Wikipedia’s definition is “the quality of being pleasing, especially to look at, or someone or something that gives great pleasure, especially when looking at it.” I find it very interesting that their definition is of the physical or visual aspect. After all, can’t you get great pleasure, and maybe even MORE pleasure inside RATHER than ou, by feeling good about something you did or that someone has done for you? That lead me to the question, “Is true beauty on the inside or outside: which matters more?”
After all, we measure our worth not as a product of our intelligence, talents, looks or what we have accomplished, but by our oneness with the Universe or God. “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” Ronald Dahl
Kahil Gibran said, “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart” and in 1 Peter 3:3-4 “Beauty comes from within.” What is true beauty to you? After all everything is beautiful but sometimes beautiful isn’t everything. Could true beauty be measured then by one’s willingness to be and do kind things for others? Wouldn’t that make you say, “Isn’t she such a beautiful person?” It has nothing really to do with the outside at all, but instead is a measurement of the love that is shared with another and can be looked at as an acknowledgement of your caring actions. Beauty is found in spending time with someone, helping someone without expecting anything in return, and really listening to others as they share their feelings or concerns.
How can you be “truly beautiful” to someone else today by your actions?