We have all heard the common refrain beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Each of us may find beauty in a different way for it takes many forms. Just who are the beautiful people? Is there a common element, something elusive found in the beautiful people that sets them apart for the rest of us?
Noted author and psychiatrist, Elizabeth Kubler Ross once spoke about “the beautiful people” saying, “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” In her view beautiful people are all about the soul and character, the inner beauty and nothing about physicality.
One has to wonder how Dr. Ross would view the political art of personal destruction practiced by so many today. It was just last week that Connecticut Democratic candidates during a public debate were asked about embarrassment in their past. Is a single past action so overwhelming so vile that it should eliminate a candidate from consideration?
Put into the context of today’s political debate Dr. Ross’s observation provides a worthwhile perspective and perhaps understanding as to the character value developed in overcoming obstacles as we go through life. Experience and time can bring great positive changes into any life. We should consider this when we evaluate candidates for who they are not who they were or what they have done. There is virtue in redemption.
In each of us there is the clay of beauty waiting to be sculptured by our own life experience and our reaction to it. Beauty knows no bounds of age it can be found in the very young and very old.
The perception of beauty is an amazing experience. When found it can change our outlook it can change our life and how we interact with the world around us. For some the sculpture of beauty comes from a lifetime of observation, challenges, untold sadness, rejection, tragedy and remorse. For others the beauty of compassion, sensitivity and a loving concern for the world around them and the people they encounter seems to be a natural part of their inner soul.
The most startling discovery of beauty is the moment you find it, the moment you see it and realize what a creation it is, what beauty it has and the potential of what it can become. Beautiful people are all around us but the first one you must find is in the mirror.
Beauty is all about perception and the most beautiful opportunity of all is given to each of us within ourselves to become one of the “beautiful people”. The clay of beauty is in your hands to sculpture and mold by your thoughts, acts and deeds. It is a fact of life, that clay is soft and malleable, so if you don’t get it right the first time you can always start over.