Inner Beauty

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“The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.”
P.C. Cast

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Inner beauty always reflects on the outside. This is something we have all heard time and again. What if one day our inner self and physical self were turned inside out? How would that impact our looks and confidence? Would most of us be able to come to terms with what we see?

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If we were to develop a visible scar on our skin for every judgmental or negative comment, would we continue to have such thoughts?

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If every time we hurt someone intentionally it added a few kilograms to our weight, would we still do it?

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However, what if every time we helped someone or show kindness, we loose some weight around our waist or grow back some hair or lose a wrinkle, would we be more willing?

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Here is a story that could lend its moral to nature’s way of working when we are able to see good thoughts and share good thoughts for others also to pass on.

There was a farmer who grew excellent quality corn. Every year he won the award for the best corn. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seeds with his neighbours.

“How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbours when they are entering in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.

“Why sir,” said the farmer, “Don’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbours grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbours grow good corn.”

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So it is with our lives. Those who want to live meaningfully and well we need to help enrich the lives of others, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. The quality of response and joy depends on the quality of thoughts and love we share and spread.

And those who choose to be joyful can help others find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all. Look at the quality of your interactions today.

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The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


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