May we focus on discovering
Just because one is good-looking
does not mean they are a good person.
Physical beauty can hide
a cold heart and a flawed character.
Physical beauty may attract us at first.
A person?s inner beauty
is what will keep our interest.
Some people are of this strange belief
that if they are attractive... they have a built-in right
to talk down and look down on others.
One's shallow beliefs, based on their appearance,
makes them feel entitled to be rude, abusive, unfair,
hateful, obnoxious, cruel, and offensive.
Increasingly treating people poorly,
in our society, seems to be acceptable...
When we treat people as objects,
or as invisible members of this society
we dehumanize them.
There is an old saying,
?Pretty is as pretty does.?
It is a wise person who is taught
and who learns
this valuable lesson early in life.
this valuable and necessary lesson.
This type of warped behavior is playing out, possibly,
in some of the most historically damaging ways.
Pretty is as pretty does.
but pretty is as pretty does;
the way one behaves can be, totally, unacceptable...
it is not pretty at all.
Some have argued that attractiveness
is attributed solely to outward appearances,
while others feel that physical appearance alone
is not the sole contributor to the sum of real beauty.
While it may still be important to be physically attractive,
it is equally as important to convey a desirable personality.
Physical attractiveness takes a nose dive...
if one acts ugly.
if they have foul personalities.
Beauty on the outside doesn't amount up to much,
if one's behavior doesn?t reflect the beautiful person
we can see on the outside.
'She/he is very attractive.'
we are not, terribly, impressed
by his/her words and actions.'
A person may be beautiful on the outside,
but still have an 'ugly' heart and/or soul.
It is easy to be distracted by appearances
and fooled into thinking someone is better than they are.
If this happens we can miss something more beautiful
than what physically excites us.
This is why vanity is such a sin.
The beauty looked at with eyes
does not last forever.
Images can distract us from what truly matters.
A person may be beautiful outside as well as inside,
and in order to experience them on multiple levels
one must look past what may be apparent on the outside
and experience what is in their hearts.
True, beauty opens locked doors.
Many people look for external beauty,
and they forget about the inner person.
But in the end, when the external beauty is over,
the same doors will be closed.
We may at times hide in pretty shells,
?No object is so beautiful that,
under certain conditions,
~ Oscar Wilde
Pretty is as pretty does.
This means that a person's unconscionable behavior
speaks louder than their appearance.
A person is only beautiful,
when their own beauty,
beauty is a light in the heart.
If we base our attraction to someone on physical beauty alone
then our entire relationship will be superficial
since beauty really is only skin deep.
What is truly important is....
what lies beneath the surface.
Most people would rather spend time
with someone who is sincere with a good personality.
Physical attractiveness gets a boost
by a beautiful personality.
our inner beauty.
We all want to look confident, polished and put together
no matter who we?re meeting or where we?re going.
when we feel beautiful on the inside,
we feel more confident.
There is more pep in our step,
we smile more,
there?s a twinkle in our eyes,
and overall we just feel happier.
What most people can agree on is that outer beauty
has to start from the inside.
It is more important to treat people well
than to be good-looking.
May we learn to put our best features forward.
Beauty is an experience,
It is not a fixed pattern or an arrangement of features.
It is something felt,
a glow or a communicated sense of fineness.
What ails us is that our sense of beauty
is so bruised and blunted,
all the best.
The recipe for beauty is:
...being true to who we are
and being honest with other people.
Being mature, thoughtful,
compassionate toward all sentient beings,
intelligent, polite, and charitable.
We can take this beauty recipe one step further,
by working on presenting ourselves in a way that reflects
our inner beauty.
When we feel beautiful on the inside,
it translates into outer and/or physical beauty.
Physical beauty fades with age,
but a warm heart and generous nature
can last a lifetime.
We must have less illusion
and embrace more Soul.
Always remember and never forget:
comes from within.
?Your beauty should not come from outward adornment?
instead, it should be that of your inner self?
which is of great worth in God?s sight.?
The beauty looked at with eyes does not last forever.