Beauty

“Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty – they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.”

Martin Buxbaum

Some of the most beautiful people that I have ever known would never make it on the cover of ‘Glamour’.  I’ve see beautiful faces filled with wrinkles and stained with tears.  I’ve seen beautiful smiles exposing yellow teeth.  I’ve seen beautiful faces with food smeared all over them, both babies and the elderly.  I’ve seen beauiful faces on the handicapped.

  Once when my son, who was about 8 or 9 at the time, had Lyme’s Disease, he suffered from Bell’s Palsy.  I remember sitting in an outside cafe in Boston and watching people look at his half-paralyzed face.  I saw the looks of pity and compassion.   Half of his face was contorted and twisted, and yet, he was still so beautiful to me.

 Our worldly ‘beauty’ may be only ‘skin deep’ but true beauty shines from the inside out.  True beauty is not about perfection and symmetry.  In my opinion, real beauty is about gentleness, compassion, understanding, and love.  Beauty can be appreciated by studying a smile, a tilt of the head, the eyes.

Look in the mirror today, overlook the flaws that we are so quick to notice and critique.  Look for the beauty, the true beauty.  Look deep, you will find it…and then let that beauty lead you in all your thoughts and actions today.  The world needs more beauty and we can be that source.

4 thoughts on “Beauty

  1. I agree! Excellent post.

    “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:3-7

  2. “Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me . . . ” These words from an old hymn immediately came to my mind as I read your beautiful, oh-so-true words!! Love the quote!

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