What Is Beauty?
When you hear someone described as beautiful, what’s the first thought that crosses your mind? Do you think of their outward beauty, or the condition of their soul? In today’s society, beauty is often skin deep. There is such tremendous emphasis placed on external beauty alone, without taking into account the value of the entire being. Some of the most beautiful souls are easily dismissed because their exterior wasn’t considered runway material. What a great loss for those who seek the external alone. Their lives could be forever changed by encountering such a beautiful soul.
Why Do We Seek What We Do?
We have become a superficial society, in so many aspects of the word. We often spend much of our lives chasing after those things that are temporal. Wealth, external beauty, & fame are all perfect examples of things that bring temporary joy, yet can quickly fade. There’s nothing wrong with having any of these. Yet, when we really do the deep, internal questioning as to WHY we seek what we do, there’s a great deal to be discovered. Most choose not to ask those questions.
Peeling Away The Fleeting.
These last few years, I’ve been on a journey of self discovery. I’ve learned my true worth and value. The lessons experienced have stripped me bare, to the very core of my soul. Anything fleeting has been peeled away. I’ve been led to the place of recognizing my intrinsic value, which is established by myself and God alone. The opinions of others have no say in that appraisal. It took temporarily losing many of my external qualities, traits I had depended on for many years, to bring me to a place that focused solely on my internal being. Though it’s been one of the most challenging legs of my journey thus far, it’s also been the most rewarding and life-altering as well.
Why Do We Believe What We Do?
There’s much to be said about truly learning to love ourselves… unconditionally. It’s a strong statement, and the depth is far beyond what most are willing to pass through. Why? It’s uncomfortable, and sometimes downright painful to honestly look at ourselves in such vulnerable and revealing ways. It requires intense levels of deep introspection and questioning. We must strip back the layers of what we’ve been taught, and truly understand why we believe what we do about ourselves, whether or not those beliefs are actually true, and come face to face with those “what if” questions we are so desperately afraid of. We all have them, but it’s much easier to focus on the external and exert our energy in places that are far more comfortable to control.
Our Gifts Are Unique And Greatly Needed!
We’ve become chameleons or sorts. Society has taught us to morph to our environment, to fight for acceptance, and to only bare that which is common and well received within our circle. The truth of the matter is this… we are far more than we can possibly conceive and what we have to offer this world is unique and greatly needed. We are as individual as our fingerprint! There are no two the same, try as we might, so there is no comparison. The statement that beauty is in the eye of the beholder is completely true. Yet those that look deeply, beyond the veil of superficiality, not only find much greater beauty and meaning in this lifetime, they are also more profoundly impacted by it. In learning what I have about myself, it’s opened a far wider door to recognize the value within others. Not as they project, not as others might like to see them, but the value of their being and what gifts and talents they have brought to bestow on this amazing world. I don’t take that lightly.
Seek To Identify Beautiful In Others.
My challenge to each of us today is to look deeply beyond the exterior and into the core of the being of another. Excluding anything external, what do you see that is beautiful about them? Take the time to not only investigate it, but encourage them by sharing your findings. If we were more reassured by others, perhaps we might be more willing to step out and into our calling and soul purposes. Sadly, those gifts often get buried when we do. Let’s make an effort to not only encourage, but celebrate the uniqueness of those we encounter today.
This is a poem I wrote many years ago, but it holds a much deeper meaning for me today. Enjoy!
I’m made wonderfully and perfectly
Skilled by His mighty hand
Not a detail did my God forget
My hair He formed each strand
He made me individual
Yes no one else like me
Therefore there is no comparison
With others that I see
Though some say I’m not as pretty
Looking through a partial eye
Tell me who has set the standard
That we judge each other by
Rather I believe a Sovereign God
Did form me with a plan
And in His eyes I’m pleased to know
He loves me as I am
Love & Light,
Laura Lum Corby