©2016 Anthony D Darden
Beauty is one's nature without the mirror.
That of the soul that sparks life to graciously touch and receive akin.
The world is complicated. It is ruthless and cruel. It is also kind and polite. Depending, you can meet some of the most gracious people in the world, or the worst of the worst. These are life experiences. They also reflect on us, can define us, and in some cases, make us who we are. Most often it determines if we take the road of optimism or cynicism. It determines how we feel about our self, our confidence, and self-esteem. It does not matter if you are beautiful on the outside. Some of the most beautiful looking people in the world, if suffering from low self-esteem, feel they are ugly and unworthy. They often feel lost and trapped. It doesn't matter how many times you tell them they are beautiful, they still feel ugly and unworthy. Shame lingers over them, and most often find them self reaching for a plateau they will never be able to reach unless they get help, redefine their life, or their way of thinking and how they feel. If they choose not to get help, they can slip into depression, or worse, take their own life.
There is a multitude of reasons one feels unwanted or lacking self-esteem. Most often, it starts at home. Life is shaped from the nutrition of our youth. If your home is littered with disrespect, uncertainty, and lack of caring and compassion, the chances are, life will be filled with cynicism. If it is filled with respect, caring, and compassion, the chances are, life will be filled with optimism. What we are instilled with, and what we instill in our child, family, and loved ones, is often the lead into our personality and characteristics. To say, you cannot make a good natured person bad; just as your cannot make a bad natured person good, unless change is pertinent. The nature of a person is who we are. It is engraved in our being. It is the practices of our everyday life.
Beauty is the kindness we share. It is the thankfulness we are blessed with. It is the gift of respect. It is our caring and forgiving heart. It is our compassion, affection, and humbleness. It is our will to want to see the best and give the best to those we love and admire. It is our inspiration, desires, dreams, and goals. It is what we have to offer the world for the blessings bestowed upon us. It is graciousness, refinement, and natural intuitive. It is one's nature without the mirror. That of the soul that sparks life to graciously touch and receive akin.