Beauty and Life

I guess my version of beauty and the fashion industry’s idea are two very different ideologies. I see beauty in everything around me. The fashion industry sees people who are too big or not attractive enough; I see the souls and hearts of people who struggle every day to make this world a better place. We shouldn’t define ourselves by the weight we carry. Unfortunately, the world of fashion and many professional circles look at how others appear. No matter what we may do to our bodies, we are all still beautiful. Some are more attractive physically than others, but that doesn’t mean they are beautiful. You can be one of the most physically appealing people on the planet and have a soul of ice. Ice has its version of beauty, yet people who use their hearts to make the world better often have rays of beauty illuminating in their works and talents.

One of the posts I see on social media has a child with no arms or legs. There is a caption that reads, ” I bet you won’t share this.” Most of the time, that post circulates to a broad group. What some people think is unattractive, others see the beauty that lies beneath the surface.

I love animals. There was once a time in my life that a mangy-looking dog entered my life. He entered it at the wrong time. I was in the middle of a move and had no way to take on a dog. I lived to regret that decision. The dog was later mistreated and died. My heart ached for it because it was an adorable dog.

Even tragedy has beauty attached to it. No, I don’t want anything bad to happen to anyone. But, have you ever noticed when a disaster occurs that people band together to help? When the tornados touched down in our state a couple of years ago, numerous homes were destroyed by its path. Personal possessions vanished in the debris, and people lost many material treasures. So many families had no place to go home, yet churches, friends, neighbors, families, and strangers helped one another. Too many people are dying from unnecessary violence, yet communities join forces to stop the vicious cycles.

I know I have enemies, and I’m sure you probably do too. Sometimes you don’t realize that you do. There is a certain beauty in friendships and relationships that is difficult to explain. It’s nice when you know someone has your back, but when the reality is that person has been stabbing you in the back all along and trying to turn the tables that you are at fault, you begin to see the relationship for what it was. It was a beautiful moment in time until it wasn’t. Unlike a lot of friendships that were never really true, I admit my faults freely. I don’t go around touting how I’m superior to them for what they believe because I’m so far from it that it’s not funny. I’m human. I make mistakes and own those errors in judgment. I don’t pretend to know that I’m going to heaven or hell because I haven’t had the experience of crossing over. I won’t know until it’s my time. But I know this. Life is beautiful, complicated, messy, and painful, and we take our joys and sorrows and learn from those mistakes. We learn from each other; the good, bad, and sad lessons are a part of the story.

No matter what life throws at you, I hope you can see the beauty that exists. Not everything will appear to be beautiful, but beauty evolves with time. Even those with ice in their hearts can find ways to warm up and melt the icicles away. It’s up to us to see beyond the pain and discover the beauty inside. Have a great day, everyone.

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