I Am Attracted By Inner BeautyOf all the vices that afflict us as human beings, one that I detest greatly is vanity.
That is not to say that I do not appreciate the beauty of the human form. I do. But physical beauty is not enough to attract me. In fact, I have been determined over the years to pay no heed to it at all. Actually, I have found among my friends that often it is the physically beautiful ones who are the loneliest.
It is also not to say that I do not appreciate the value of presentation. I do. Care in one's presentation is an ex
But ultimately, it is what comes from within that really matters. I know many good looking, well dressed people who are ugly characters. And I know homely looking people who cover themselves with any old thing because they are so completely unselfconscious.
When I get to know someone, I try to get a picture of their character. And whenever I see a beautifuyl looking person, I put that to one side and suspend my judgement.
It is inner beauty that attracts me. To be specific, I look for charity when speaking about others, kindness and consideration. I look for lack of preoccupation with oneself, an attitude of outward concern. I look for love of nature, plants, animals, the beach, the sky, sunrises and sunsets, the stars at night. I look for humility, the simple willingness to share oneself and one's concerns, the honest appraisal of one's struggles.
perseverer 51-55, F 7 Responses 12 Dec 21, 2010