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.