Am I Beautiful

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Girl holding mirror and asking am I beautiful with a smile

“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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  1. Winifred Reilly

    2013-11-13 at 9:21 pm

    Boy, this one really got me thinking!

    It’s true, people say it all the time: “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” And while that’s meant to say we all have our own definition of beauty, there’s a trap here. And not just with our sense of our beauty and our self-worth.

    Every day I hear from my couples therapy clients “I don’t want to bother saying what I think because my spouse won’t agree with me.” Or they say,”well, it doesn’t matter what I say, she’ll take it the wrong way.”

    Too often we look at ourselves from the outside rather than from the inside. We end up letting other define us, be it about our beauty or our wisdom or the importance of what we say.

    And yes, as far as beauty, I think it comes from inside, from our strength and our good feelings about who we are.

  2. Harleena Singh

    2013-01-12 at 10:42 am

    Welcome to the blog Amit!

    Absolutely! Beauty isn’t skin deep and goes beyond it, though few of us really understand this simple fact – isn’t it? And we spend our lives in looking for beauty at the wrong places.

    Yes indeed, being beautiful isn’t just related to the physical aspect by can be expressed in your actions and deeds, and just as you mentioned – even the smallest of gestures can show how beautiful you are. I guess there’s no limit to being as beautiful as you really want to be – isn’t it?

    Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you around more often too. 🙂

  3. Amit

    2013-01-11 at 10:59 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Beautiful thoughts. As I know beauty does not lie in the body, it lies in the soul. I think we can add beauty to the life of people around us by even a simple smile, by appreciating their work and by thanking them for the favour they have done to you. Even small things can make big difference.

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