“Beauty is a radiance that originates from within and comes from inner security and strong character.” ~ Jane Seymour, Open Hearts: If Your Heart Is Open, Love Will Always Find Its Way In …
Here, we are reminded that the beauty we radiate to the world can best be witnessed in the understanding of what it means to be secure in ourselves–to sense and understand that our source of strength and security comes from within and is not a result of outside influences. This “inner security” is simply an awareness and acceptance of our true authenticity–of who we are at our deepest levels. And when we come to feel, to know, and to embody this real and substantial inner beauty we possess, we begin to radiate it to the world around us.
The important message here is that if we wish to become a beautiful person–not the skin deep type, but the beauty that comes from being a gentle, loving, kind, merciful, forgiving, compassionate, selfless, and strong person who is not misdirected or shipwrecked by the winds and rains of circumstance and happenstance–then we must develop the important elements of who we are such as our integrity and fortitude, and our inner security and faith. The reality is that true beauty in an individual has no tangible measure–it does not require wealth, power, or fame, nor does it involve make-up, expensive clothes, or any other form of vanity–it simply requires strong character. And once we have that, others will be able to look to us as a source of guidance, strength, and inspiration in their own lives.
We each have the potential to radiate beauty–it is simply a choice to be made, a lifestyle to embrace. That means accepting yourself exactly as you are, spending time learning about yourself in a deeper sense and coming to know and understand your heart, and then loving that person, faults and all–recognizing the fact that you are an amazing child of God, and that even though you may never be wealthy, famous, powerful, those things simply do not matter, for you are beautiful and wonderfully made.
Define an attribute of your character that radiates beauty.
Questions to consider:
Why do most people in our societies define beauty through visible criteria?
Why do most of us not see ourselves as beautiful?
Who are the most beautiful people you know? Is their beauty only physical, or is there more to them than the physical looks?
For further thought:
“If man or woman wishes to realize the full power of personal beauty, it must be by cherishing noble hopes and purposes; by having something to do and something to live for, which is worthy of humanity; and which, by expanding the capacities of the soul, gives expansion and symmetry to the body which contains it.” ~ Thomas C. Upham, Letters — Aesthetic, Social, and Moral