I wish that I could tell every person that I meet that he or she is a beautiful person--and have them believe it. I wish I could look them in the eyes and tell them of their beauty and have them accept the words for what they truly are--the truth, plain and simple.
You know what
I mean, don't you? You and I both know that most people will
deny their beauty, expressing what they feel is modesty or
humility. It's easier for us to be told that we're talented
or intelligent--our own beauty is something that we don't want to
You could help
me to convince people of their innate beauty. You could
agree with me in an effort to reinforce the message. You
could give a few specifics to illustrate just what we're talking
about when we say the person is beautiful. You could
reassure the person that I'm not saying it to flatter or to try to
win the person over or get something out of the person, but just
trying to express in words the beauty I see when I look into that
person's eyes and see the human being there, the person who gets
happy and hurt and who laughs and who cries.
You can help
me by reminding the person that beauty isn't about comparing
ourselves with others, but about the part of us that shines when
we love others and love life. It's not all physical and it's
not all spiritual, but a tender combination of all that we are.
And when that
person says, "No, not me," you could argue the point and
ask him or her not to talk down about him or herself, to admit to
the beauty that's there, to accept it, to thrive in it.
Because you know just as well as I do that this person can hurt
his or her own self-image and feelings by denying the beauty.
So I ask
you: Please help me to convince people of their own
beauty. Will you do that? Thank you. And we'll start
right here, with you: You're a beautiful person.
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