Stuff…kind of an ugly word. It’s very general and doesn’t help much when used out of context. I guess I should give it some context and maybe make it look prettier once it has a perspective to enhance it.
STUFF, for today, means BEAUTY. But what is beauty? Well, I think it’s often something that most people would regard differently from one another.
The Merriam-Webster definition is:
: the quality of being physically attractive
: the qualities in a person or a thing that give pleasure to the senses or the mind
: a beautiful woman
In my mind, this is still vague and leaves the idea of what beauty encompasses to each person’s personal preferences. So, like the word “stuff” used without any context, so is beauty.
I’m curious to know what you define as beautiful. I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment for us so that we can compare and contrast what beauty encompasses.
Now, before I just leave this post right there, offering nothing but a comparison of beauty to stuff, I’d like to just expound on what true beauty is, or, at least the way I see the definition when it comes to people.
I think first of all, that the definition above lists them in the wrong order. The second should come first. Yes, we see the outside of someone first, but it’s really the inner qualities of a person that ultimately will attract us to them (or make them more attractive to us anyway).
I would even argue that once we start to become acquainted with the inner-workings of a person, it will transform the way we see the outer-shell.
Don’t get me wrong here, outer-beauty definitely exists! It’s in the world all around us in the things we see and the people we encounter, but beauty on the outside is transformed by what we know of the inside…. When I look at a volcano and admire its height, texture, power and strength, I find it beautiful. But, if while standing next to that same volcano, it erupts and shows me its sheer strength and power over me, bringing fear to my heart, I doubt I would find it beautiful. I’m almost positive I’d find it ugly and cruel. If I found a man beautiful to look at but was exposed to something evil in his heart that he took any small semblance of pride in or fed the lusts of, all his beautiful features would lose their luster.
It’s certainly ok to esteem one’s outer-self and to take care of it, too. I would say it’s just not ok to cultivate the love for one’s appearance to the point of utterly neglecting the inner beauty of self and soul.
Please tell me what you define beauty to be! Have I struck a chord? Do you feel trapped by your outer beauty? Do you feel defined only by what people see?
Ask me questions. I’ll do my best to answer.
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