When I was in my thirties, I had other things to worry about, such as raising my children to be constructive citizens. I was responsible for other people’s children in school and trying to help them become good citizens. Now that part of life is over for me, and I am left wondering if I did a good job on that end either. It is all relative.
Looking deeper into the beauty of ourselves, we have to realize that while there are times that we view the external as what our beauty consists of there are many times when we totally discount our looks. We see beauty all around us and do not think of ourselves as “human squirrels.” Squirrels run around and are unconcerned about mundane things such as their looks, or are they? Do you suppose there is some kind of “squirrel mirrors” that tell them they do not look exactly like any of the other squirrels?
As I look and observe the squirrels in my backyard, I know them. I know when a new squirrel finds my yard. I see the differences, small as they may be in each of the squirrels. Do they look at those differences? Do they perceive themselves poorly because one of them has a small stubby tail and another has a big bushy tail?
Often we go to the mirror with current expectations of beauty based upon fashion trends and miss the deeper beauty that is there, regardless of the trends. We don’t embrace that deeper beauty which will continue to shine long after the current trends fade away. This can all end when we decide to appreciate our beauty exactly the way it is. When we do this, we free ourselves from being dependent upon the judgment and approval from others and become our own greatest fan.
We may need help to get us started in this field of self-admiration. We may need yoga or meditation. We may need to surround ourselves with images of us that we find we really like, that we can approve of. When we do this, we realize that we are still that same person that we once approved of. When we look deeply into our own soul and accept who we are, we see that beautiful core that is truly “me.”
Something To Ponder