What is beautiful to you?
How do you define it?
What do you see beauty in?
Can you see it in yourself?
I think it starts with Believing.
You first must believe beauty exists in the world.
I believe beauty exists in this world in places, people and things.
I am not so quick to believe that I am beautiful on the outside.
I wouldn’t use ‘beautiful’ to describe me on the inside.
I would use words like caring, kind, compassionate.
I am quick to disregard anyone’s attempt to say I’m beautiful.
Tell me my top is beautiful then that is a bit easier to handle.
I think Enduring some kind of hardship or suffering without giving in can make a person beautiful.
I’ve had my own share of hardships and sufferings.
Sometimes I gave in and other times I endured them.
There are hardships and sufferings that seem like they are ongoing and will never end.
More times than not, I want to give in.
Sometimes I ask myself why do I continue to endure?
What do I get out of it, especially when there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight?
I honestly don’t have answers to those questions.
Endurance shows strength and determination in a person.
At times, I can see strength and determination in myself but not all of the time.
Does that make me beautiful all of the time or just sometimes?
Admiration is another part of being beautiful.
There are people in this life I admire for various reasons.
If they attract admiration from people then they’ve obviously done or said something good.
That makes them beautiful.
I think being able to find good in people enough to admire them, that makes you beautiful as well.
The bad things in life that have happened to us can totally make or break us, making us into better people or nasty people.
I don’t consider myself a nasty person.
I think I’m trying to allow my sufferings to make me and that is worthy of admiration.
I am definitely a Unique person in every way.
This I know to be true.
Some of those things that make me unique I don’t consider to make me beautiful inside.
I don’t see that any of them make me beautiful on the outside.
I don’t know which ones make me beautiful inside.
I’m sure I could come up with one or two.
If you are True to yourself, I think that exhibits a true beauty in a person.
Outwardly, I’m not much of a make-up kind of person, so it rarely happens that I apply it.
I’ve had a lot of people, past and present, who have told me I have a natural beauty – that I don’t need make-up.
Again, this is difficult for me to hear from people.
I’ve never felt that I had to go the way of the world and paint my face.
Maybe it was that I never learned how and am afraid I would just make my ugliness worse. Ha!
Now when it comes to clothes, it is a different story.
We can always do things to change our outward appearance.
I don’t think outward appearances are as important as inward appearances.
Who we are in our hearts can give us True beauty if we are true to ourselves with good morals and values.
That can never be changed, unless we allow it to be changed.
That image is the one that should be most important for yourself, as well as for others to see.
Who Inspires you?
Do you inspire others?
I tend to feel like I am not an inspiration to others because I’ve felt so stuck in my hardships.
The last time I felt like I was an inspiration to anybody was when I would go speak and share my story at different schools.
I knew I was an inspiration because of the girls who would come up to me afterward in tears and tell me that I was.
Some of them even confided in me about their dark secrets of abuse, eating disorders and self-harm.
Being an inspiration is part of being beautiful because you are willing to put yourself out there in order to help others.
That was several years ago.
So I disappoint myself in that I haven’t been in a place to be able to do that.
There are people who draw attention to themselves in a negative way, which is how I see myself.
There are others who just really Fascinate us by what they say or do.
Do you have people in your life who fascinate you, or even infamous iconic people?
I pretty much think I’m boring and pessimistic.
Maybe you are fascinated with some of the beautiful places in this world.
Whatever our fascination it is most often tied with beauty.
It’s hard to Understand or have an understanding of people.
It’s pretty rare to have a deep understanding with each other unless you have a similar life event or past with someone.
All of the time we are saying, “I understand.”
It’s almost like a gut response, but do we really understand and get it?
I think they are two words used loosely.
If you can really and honestly understand someone I think it is a beautiful thing.
If there is an understanding between two people of each others’ lives or certain things they have in common, then that relationship is stronger and closer.
You then are not alone.
It is a beautiful thing.
I, myself, am very careful in using the two words “I understand” unless I truly can because I know how frustrating it feels when someone says it, but I know they can’t possibly understand.
This is especially true when it comes to painful issues.
Long-suffering can help us in our frustration.
The important part of long-suffering is patience.
I think that shows a person’s beauty when they can be patient in their long-suffering.
I think it is also a gift.
It’s not easy to show patience, especially without groaning in difficult situations.
It also adds to a person’s internal beauty.
I consider myself to have a good amount of long-suffering.
It is definitely an everyday choice of what I’m going to portray.
The trick and challenge of exhibiting true beauty is to
B – Believe
E – Endure
A – show Admiration
U – accept your Uniqueness
T – be True
I – Inspire others
F – Fascinate people
U – gain Understanding
L – exude Long-suffering.
What is beautiful to you?