Sometimes we forget to look for the deeper beauty in life. Beauty is easy to see on the face of a 20-year-old pretty woman, fresh-faced and attractive by the definition of the particular culture in which she lives. And admittedly, we all love to gaze upon a beautiful face. Beauty gives us pleasure.
But when physical beauty fades around the edges, then we must look deeper. And there comes a point in our own evolution when we realize: The full, deep beauty of a person lies in their heart. Ironically, it is in this realization that our own souls grow to another level of beauty. We start seeing and connecting to people in a different way. We start living from the heart.
Some inner wisdom, expressed by the model and actress Audrey Hepburn, who was revered in her time for her exquisite physical beauty:
“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”
Later in life, Audrey worked hands on in some of the poorest communities in Africa, South America, and Asia, to help alleviate poverty and be an example of what the Greeks call “Agápe”, or brotherly love. She became an icon for beauty yet again, but this time for a different kind, that of her heart.
Yes, (no matter our gender): The wisdom accumulated from our many life lessons, the shine in our eyes, our caring and compassion for our fellow man, our enthusiasm and gratitude for life itself, and a deep desire to keep living it with the full on curiosity and passion of a child – these are what grow us into the fullness of the inherent beauty of our souls.
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Beauty | Of our souls © Susan L Hart 2019 | Hart Haiku