Monday, October 13, 2014

31 Days - Day 13 - Beauty

As a beauty I'm not a great star.
Others are handsomer far;
  But my face -- I don't mind it
  Because I'm behind it;
It's the folks out in front that I jar.
~ Anthony Euwer

This makes me laugh.

Beauty certainly is in the eye of the beholder.  I've often noticed that what someone else considers beautiful or handsome does not provoke the same response in me.  However, outward attributes aside, most would agree that true beauty comes from within a person.  Beauty is born of love, of courage, of sacrifice and noble deeds.  

Let each man think himself an act of God,
His mind a thought, his life a breath of God;
And let each try, by great thoughts and good deeds,
To show the most of Heaven he hath in him.
~Philip James Bailey (1816 - 1902)

We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
We should count time by heart-throbs.
He most lives 
Who thinks most - feels the noblest - acts the best.
Life's but a means unto an end; that end
Beginning, mean, and end to all things -
~Philip James Bailey

Beauty, outward beauty, is but skin deep, and is bound to fade as one ages, or goes through trials that frown the face or accidents that leave deep and lasting scars.  Yet true beauty is within, born from unselfish love and sacrifice.  The most beautiful Being in all of the Universe is God.  If you know Him, you know that He is beautiful.  

God, from a beautiful necessity, is Love.
Martin Farquhar Tupper (1810–1889)

What do you think?  Do you know any beautiful people?  What makes them beautiful?  

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