As an artistic person, I've often thought of beauty--what defines it, what makes it different, what gives one person or thing the "upper hand" on beauty over another, and how we can find beauty in our own daily lives. Today, I found a quote by Ninon de L'Enclos, "That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful." This quote has struck a chord in my heart and has helped me understand a little bit more of what I believe is beautiful.
For example, to me, one of the most beautiful things is an old man walking hand in hand with his gorgeous bride of 60 years. It is a soft breeze that carries a dandelion seed across the field. Beauty is found in the eye through a light, an excitement, a desire. Yes, it can be found in outward appearance, but more importantly, it is found in the heart. Beauty is found in smile lines, eye wrinkles, and dimples. It shines through actions, lives in self-sacrifice, and waits for its chance to make people smile. Beauty is a living thing; it casts its golden beams upon those that chance upon it.
Beauty is character. It is peace. It is love and joy. Beauty can be found in the most unexpected of places... and people. Some of the most beautiful people in my eyes are those that shine with an inner light, a joyful spirit, and happy countenance.
It is by this definition that I would wish for beauty. Beauty of character, of inner strength, of true Christianity. Beauty, by my definition, would be a pursuit, not a destination. It is for this quest that I wish to spend my days.
"Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth. -- Aesop
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