“Your life can be so beautiful but nobody can ever fully share it with you.”–anonymous person overheard in a queue
The statement was spoken into a phone by a middle-aged man a few people ahead of me while standing in line at the Post Office. I don’t know if the man was consoling a friend or praising someone for his/her inner beauty. I loved what he said so much, that I jotted it down on my “to do” list.
This aspect of our humanity is something many of us may have pondered at times. That it’s impossible to fully share the beauty that is inside you could be one of the most frustrating parts of being human. Regardless of how close you feel towards your lover, partner, spouse, best friend, parent, or child, the only ways we have to express that beauty is through our words and actions. Even if technology comes up with mind reading gadgetry, the full scope and emotionality will probably never be able to be fully shared.
The only way to fully experience the profound beauty in you is to actually be you. This is because the beauty inside is inseparable from the rest of you, it is integral. When our words and deeds honestly match that beauty, we have integrity. Contemplating this truth can, at first, make us feel existential loneliness. When we continue to ponder it, we can completely accept and embrace this deep beauty.
Until scientifically proven otherwise, I am convinced that even the most selfish, despicable tyrant on Earth has at least a little glimmer of inner beauty. This opinion gives me a smidgen of hope for the future of our species.
The Irish writer/statesman George W. Russell wrote, “Our hearts are drunk with a beauty our eyes could never see.” This statement by this late, thoughtful man comes close to expressing what we struggle to express. Such is the depth of the poetry he wrote under the pseudonym Æ.
The most beautiful people on the planet may or may not have been born with physically pleasing facial and bodily features. The most beautiful people are works in progress. Their beauty continues to be created by who they are. They have cultivated a vast reservoir of kindness, open-mindedness, acceptance, compassion, and genuine generosity.
Lovingly cultivated inner beauty cannot be contained. When such inner beauty is present, it is sometimes called radiance. All women and men of any age group have the potential to be radiant. Knowing this gives me another glimmer of hope for homo sapiens sapiens. One of life’s greatest pleasures is to know people who take care and nurture their inner beauty. Their faces reflect this amazing radiance.
The glamor industry constantly reinforces the societal norm that we should love the fleeting beauty of faces, hair, skin, and fashionable clothing. Certainly, taking care of our outer selves is a good practice. However, it is the nature of our inner beauty that truly defines us and how we ultimately appear to our acquaintances, friends, and family.
To know a radiantly beautiful person is a wonderful thing.