With each passing day, I’m more and more aware of it. It’s good to try to eat healthy food, exercise, take care of your body, dress nicely, as much you are able… But no matter what you do, you will eventually grow old (if you live long enough). And whatever physical beauty you did possess, if any, will eventually fade away. True beauty does not pass away… It can make someone, no matter how old or how disabled physically, radiant, a joy to be with… True beauty, if you have it, remains when things are really tough, when you are poor and struggling. It remains when you get sick. It remains when are alone. And ultimately, it is the only thing you really, truly own.
I love to paint and express what creativity God has given me in my own may. But all beautiful things will eventually pass away. They can be stolen, or burned, or otherwise destroyed. People, even our dearest ones, can be taken away from us in a moment. Friends may die or grow cold, or turn against you. Everything earthly can be lost… except for one thing: who you really are remains, and goes beyond this life, into eternity.
I love this quote by C. S. Lewis:
“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. (…)
“There are no ordinary people.
“You have never talked to a mere mortal.”
May your path in this world be filled with pretty sights… but may your inner person be the most beautiful of all!