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… the more beautiful you become.

A lot of people spend a lot of time, money and effort trying to look good, even great.  Others have even higher aspirations, they want to be absolutely beautiful.

Have you ever thought about inner beauty? About what it means to be a truly, deeply beautiful human being? We all know, that while it’s nice to look beautiful, to actually be beautiful is something profoundly valuable and meaningful.

Almost everyone I have ever met has a sense of what it takes to be a truly beautiful human being. Deep down, people know genuine human beauty when they encounter it. I believe that you do too. Try this—

  • Close your eyes and picture someone who you consider to be a beautiful human being, someone who embodies the finest qualities a person can possess.
  • Now ask yourself what it is about that person that makes him or her “beautiful.”

I’m going to guess that the qualities you focused on are the person’s capacity to be a giver that allows you to identify him or her as beautiful. Isn’t it a penchant for being outwardly focused and other-centered that you find to be so beautiful? Isn’t it the person’s benevolence, compassion, kindness, and sincere concern for the well-being of others?

We are transfixed by an artist’s talent and a musician’s melody. We are envious (or at least used to be) of the Fortune 500 CEO. Yet the quality of beauty is not one we necessarily attach to any of these men or women of achievement. Intuitively, however, we associate giving with beauty, and thus, almost instinctively, we want to be friends with “givers” and not “takers,” and we will try to raise children who are “givers” and not “takers.” After all, is there anyone who could proudly refer to her son as, “my son the selfish taker”? A doctor, a professor—but none of these at the expense of being a self-centered taker. To be a giver, is to be beautiful. The more we strive to give, the more beautiful—truly beautiful—we become.

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Comments icon April 17, 2009


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