Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and surrounds us everywhere. The trick is to keep our eyes open, notice and appreciate – even little things can be big in our lives. The world we live in is not always pretty, but beauty is just about everywhere.
My definition of beauty might differ from your definition and that is ok. You might consider certain things to be beautiful: Carolyn Pollack jewelry (I couldn’t help myself ;)), your favorite pair of shoes, the card your child made, a movie, flowers, etc.. God’s paintbrush can be beautiful: a picturesque pink and orange sunset, trees, mountains, falling snow, a tourist spot, etc..
And of course, we know people can be beautiful both inside and out. I believe a beautiful heart is most important and I’ll bet you do too.
Audrey Hepburn wrote a powerful poem about beauty I’d like to share with you:
“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”
My hope is that Audrey’s words resonate with you and that you feel beautiful. I believe it is important and I think feeling beautiful on the inside can help open our eyes to the beauty around us on the outside. Even the little things ………………………….
A friend of a friend spent years getting out of debt. She cut back on buying things she was accustomed to spending money on to put more money toward her credit cards. Finally, she was out of debt (besides her home) and felt as if a weight had been lifted from her shoulders. She was proud and financially at ease. But then ……… then her refrigerator stopped working and it was beyond repair. She didn’t have money in savings, so she had to buy a new refrigerator using a credit card she had just spent all of that time paying off. She was so bummed and felt defeated. All of a sudden, a lightbulb went off and she put a spin on her thoughts. I don’t know her exact words, but they went something along the lines of, “you know, I am lucky I have a credit card to use and have the ability to buy a new refrigerator. Some people do not have that luxury.” That, to me, is beautiful! Recognizing and counting our blessings is beautiful! Even little things can be beautiful.
It would be terrific if all of us could open our eyes wider to see more beauty in our lives. Thank you for being my friend and never forget, YOU are beautiful!