Saturday, August 15, 2009

Seeing Beauty Within

1st posted 1/30/09

"Why is everyone here so happy except me?" "Because they have learned to see goodness and beauty everywhere," said the Master. "Why don't I see goodness and beauty everywhere?" "Because you cannot see outside of you what you fail to see inside." - Anthony de Mello (One Minute Wisdom)

I came across this quote of Anthony de Mello and I thought, wow, how true this is. I can see, that if I fail to see beauty on the inside, then I will tend to see ugly on the outside. If I see myself as unworthy, then I will often see others the same way, or feel the need to judge them or become super-critical. Jesus said to love our neighbor as ourselves. What happens to loving neighbor if we do not love ourselves?
But if I love myself, if I see myself as a person of worth, of value; if I can see my inner beauty as a beloved child of God, then I will see others the same way. If I experience a joy within, then I will express that joy and bring it to others.
I need to learn to be a good neighbor to myself as well as to others. I need to learn to see God's beauty on the inside. So I do not miss God's beauty on the outside.


Just Be Real said...

"I need to learn to see God's beauty on the inside. So I do not miss God's beauty on the outside."

Colleen I share the above with you. Thankyou. ♥

Colleen said...

JBR, you are so welcome. And thank you, for being a loyal friend in this blogging world.

Lisa Marie said...

Wow.. those last two sentences are so true. And so hard! Great post.

Patricia Singleton said...

When we see the ulgy in the world, then we really learn to appreciate the beauty of Life when it comes along. Yes, this whole journey does start on the inside of each of us. What you see inside is what you see outside. Because of the pain, you can now fully appreciate the beauty in your life. The outer whole mirrors your inner world. You are a co-creator with God. Create more beauty in your world. You deserve it. We all do.

Colleen said...

Lisa Marie - I agree. It is hard. But good to try to remember - and to remind each other about.

Patricia - what a beautiful comment.
I love that - create more beauty in our world. And yes, we do deserve it! Oh how we deserve it!

sarah said...

some days it's easier than other days to see beauty. good post. thanks. sarah

Colleen said...

Sarah - I know just what you mean. Thank you.