Beauty - It’s what we all want and it can be found in a variety of packages and images. But what is it exactly? What is beautiful?
Webster's defines it thusly: “the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit”
What it doesn’t mention is that beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. It’s a highly subjective thing. What one person sees as ordinary or common someone else sees as extraordinarily beautiful. A sunset, a newborn baby, a flower, the sudden kindness of a stranger, the loving soul of a person are all beautiful. In some Asian countries rather large women are thought to be beauties in diametric opposition to the fashion industries edict that only the very thin are beautiful.
When I think of beauty I don’t think of the world’s false standards of beauty. I think of the lyrics of the Newsboys song “Something Beautiful”
"IT’S A VOICE THAT WHISPERS MY NAME
IT’S A KISS WITHOUT ANY SHAME
LIKE A SONG THAT STIRS IN MY HEAD
SINGING LOVE WILL TAKE US WHERE
Think about how you define beauty. Is it inward or outward? Are you brave enough to possibly consider another view?