“Physical beauty that comes from keeping up appearances can only be maintained temporarily, but beauty that takes authenticity and sincerity as its foundation is timeless and eternal.
Whether we are young or old, if people give rise to joy upon seeing us, then this is true beauty.
So, if we want to embody true beauty, we must first cultivate purity and wisdom in our hearts. Only the beauty that emanates from the truth and goodness of our hearts can be called true beauty.”
― Shih Cheng Yen, Mirror of the Heart: The Power of Mindfulness
Popular culture makes a big deal out of what it considers physical beauty. Every day we are bombarded with messages that we are not thin enough, or too thin. Our skin is too dark or too light. Our hair is too curly, or too straight. Our eyes are the wrong color. We are flooded with advertising for products guaranteed to “correct our flaws” and make us “beautiful.” And those of us who do not measure up are bullied, shamed, and sometimes even physically attacked. This is especially heartbreaking when it happens to children.
But I have news for you. True beauty comes from within. No one is ever more beautiful than when the light of God shines through them.
On this New Years Day let’s take a break from thinking about resolutions and how we want to change ourselves. Let’s start 2020 thinking about true beauty.