By Daryl L. Meyers
We live in a world obsessed by the external. To be strong and good-looking gives us the edge in life or so we are told. And since we want to be successful, we try diets, exercise, new wardrobes, special beauty aides, even surgery in order to be “forever young.”
And the results? Mostly frustration. We still look like ourselves. There’s the tall thin models, and those a bit short and squashy. Some come with good-sized ears, with feet and noses to match. There are the thick hairy types, and the hair free models. We are the sum total of our parts, somewhat awkward and certainly very human.
If only we could be transformed by some unique renovation process, recycled, or perhaps magically changed by a visit from our fairy godmother, then everything would be okay. If only beauty could be ours, how different life would be.
But beauty can be ours if we choose it. The only beasts that exist are those our imaginations have created. Regardless of height, weight, age or gender, we are all beautiful.
Deep within the uniqueness of each personality lie rich resources of beauty. Love, joy, understanding and compassion transcend the physical and give us a beauty of character that goes far beyond any physical limitations we think we have. It is this specialness coming from within that transforms the external and makes us attractive.
No matter what the appearance, how kind or unkind Mother Nature has been, our sense of beauty takes on new meaning when we look at others and ourselves from the heart. To share a quiet moment with a friend, laugh with a child, or embrace one who is hurting with arms of love and a heart that understands, reflects a beauty of spirit that goes far beyond any external attractiveness … or lack thereof.