“Mirror, mirror, am I beautiful?” I’d be lying if I say that I never questioned myself by asking if I were beautiful. And every time I did, I got the same answer. I am beautiful.
I didn’t have to look up the mirror to know that. I love myself, and that I find is a self-sufficient criterion of being beautiful.
However, on second thoughts, am I really beautiful? Doesn’t it depend on what the world thinks it takes to be beautiful?
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” ~ Confucius
What is Beauty
I’ve always heard and believed in the famous quote that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Is it really true?
If only looks define beauty, then the sightless would be deprived of it. But, it’s a fact that even those deprived of eyes or sight can perceive beauty. And that beauty doesn’t depend on the looks of a person.
You all know looks can be deceptive, as beauty is not only skin deep. The persona too is just a mask.
The body type and image isn’t the real criterion of beauty. That’s because it fades with time and its perception changes from person to person.
It’s the inner beauty that matters. It’s everlasting and accepted by all.
It’s the heart, mind, and soul of a person that really makes up the real beauty. Other than that, everything else is just secondary and temporary.
Real beauty is not dependent on any of the senses – sight, hearing, speech, smell, and touch. You don’t even need a sixth sense to know beauty. Rather, all you need is only an evolved heart.
Therefore, real beauty is the inner beauty, which is pure emotion and love.
“Our hearts are drunk with a beauty our eyes could never see.” ~ George W. Russell
What is Beautiful
Everything loving and lovable is beautiful. Anything that touches the heart and strikes a chord is beautiful.
Something that makes you feel good is beautiful. All that what brings peace and happiness to your soul is beautiful.
Physical beauty is generally the standard that we all use to judge who is beautiful. That’s because it’s the most easy, obvious and visible method. But our inner beauty can outshine all other standards.
My mother used to tell me that inner beauty cannot be seen, it is felt. If you know and believe in your heart and mind that you’re beautiful, and bring it out in the form of loving thoughts and acts, the world will acknowledge it.
Senses can tell who and what is pretty or cute. But beauty takes into account the inner qualities rather than the outer qualities of a person.
Therefore, anybody who has a good heart and a simple mind is beautiful.
“Inner beauty should be the most important part of improving one’s self.” ~ Priscilla Presley
Am I Beautiful in the World’s Eyes
The most concerning question is am I beautiful in everyone’s eyes?
Even if we consider ourselves as beautiful, we can’t deny that we all look forward to be appreciated by others.
In limited time and with limited interaction, it’s difficult to impress or get impressed by the inner beauty of a person.
So, we make a judgment on the basis of what we see and on the principles of our beauty conditioning.
We tend to get affected by the perception of others. Thus, to be called beautiful, more than in “my own eyes,” I end up worrying about the “others’ eyes”. This is because beauty is thought to be in the eye of the beholder!
Then, if I want to be called beautiful, I’ve to care about what beauty means to other people.
This is what most people do. But is it right? Do I need to be like them?
“Close your eyes and see the beauty.” ~ Author Unknown
Being Beautiful is Easy
I know the truth that it is the inner beauty that makes one beautiful.
All those who know what it takes to be beautiful, will never give much emphasis on the outer beauty. In fact, they’ll understand and appreciate the inner beauty.
The fact is that beauty lies in the heart, and not in the eye of the beholder.
I believe that anybody can be beautiful if they develop the finer qualities of inner beauty.
All you need to have is LUCK – Love, Understanding, Compassion, and Kindness – that makes up the inner beauty of a person.
Never should you assess whether a person is beautiful by the color of the skin, body type, race, creed, financial status, and status in society.
You should consider yourself to be beautiful if you’re love teachers. Also, learn to love and like yourself for who and what you are.
Have confidence and belief in yourself. It will develop self-respect and self-esteem in you. And then you’ll view yourself with a new pair of eyes.
You’ll know that you are beautiful and won’t have to ask – am I beautiful?
May be you cannot compel the whole world to think you’re beautiful. But those who really matter are you and the people who understand real beauty.
Just as I know that I am beautiful – understand that you’re beautiful too!
“Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty – they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.” ~ Martin Buxbaum
Over to you –
Is inner beauty what really makes us beautiful? Do you think that you’re beautiful? If not, what is stopping you from believing in that? Ask yourself – am I beautiful, and your heart will say yes! Share your thoughts and views in the comments below.
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Posted on: November 6th, 2012
Last Updated on: February 2nd, 2015