There would be no point in looking beautiful on the outside if every time we opened our mouths something horrible came out of it. Beauty comes from within.
What does it mean to be beautiful from the inside out?
My mind goes to a film I once saw called ‘The Elephant Man,’ who was a gentle, gentle soul. Marred by a disease at birth that left him permanently disfigured, The Elephant Man was frightening to look at; but his wonderful personality resonated with me.
His story teaches us about life, compassion, humility and humanity and above all one man’s determination to prove that just because he looks different on the outside doesn’t mean he is not worthy of love, admiration and friendship. He was a kind, caring and above all, a good-natured man, who was looking for acceptance.
He wanted to live a normal life without being under the glare of the media spotlight. He wanted people to accept him. He wanted to live his life the way he chose without being rebuked, stared at, ridiculed or provoked from those people that thought he should be in a circus so that people could laugh at him.
I believe beauty comes from within. That’s where it starts and what counts and we don’t do enough of it. We’re too quick to judge people’s appearance. I believe we can all have beautiful qualities whether we choose to use them or not and although pressures from society to behave a certain way and stress get in the way; neither are an excuse.
Back to basics on this. We must start by being kind to ourselves. We must take time to learn how to look after ourselves, we cannot even contemplate to look and be kind to anyone else without that. It starts and ends with us.