Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder

The Beauty of love

What is beauty?

Lets start this by defining beauty-Well, I think it's something that is pleasing to eyes. What about a beautiful thought? Well then beauty has to be pleasing to mind and what about beautiful music? So lets just extend it and say-beautiful to our ears. Wait didn't we leave a few things behind? like for instance beautiful smell, and beautiful texture? and a beautiful poem or literature or work of art? Wow So beauty may involve a perception of pleasure to all our senses....Yes indeed I think that's what it is..

What about an individual with a beautiful/ pleasing personality? Well we use the terms graceful and charming for them, For example- Mother Teressa, do you think she was beautiful? Yes, indeed she was.She spread so much beauty with her kindness..so beauty is beyond our superficial senses of perception i.e, It is more than just skin deep...or Is it that beauty of mind and beauty of body are two different qualities and you may have either one of them and a lucky few may have both.

Yet majority of us spend so much time for the superficial beauty and appearance. Yes, we are compelled to do that to succeed, to be admired, to be loved, to have more friends, may be a few fans as well...May be it's the society that has set a standard for appearances so much and judges you by those standards. What happens in the process? Well there is the possibility of so many beautiful people getting ignored and lost into obscurity... not to mention some who succeed only because; they have spent much effort on their outward appearances. They may not be so kind, may not have intelligent thoughts, yet they look beautiful enough to succeed. Is that so? Doesn't that mean that in this process of judging occasionally real talent may get ignored while untalented few may get picked because they please the eyes of the beholder? Yes, this may happen quite often...But not all the time...

I can name a number of individuals who have been successful by their talent and intellect rather than by superficial beauty alone. But these were/are exceptionally intelligent and talented individuals, for example Picasso, Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. King, Nelson Mandela, Steven Hawkins, Steve Wonder and many more...How do they do it? I mean become immortal by their talent? Were they not prejudged like rest of us and continue to face it? Yes they too overcame the same odds and maybe many more..Yet they did it and continue to do so. How? I guess their success lies in the fact that they do not care about being prejudged or set standards of their time. They chose to rise above those standards and enjoy doing what they believed in, are compassionate and focused.

What does compassion and focus have to do with beauty? I think "compassion" allows us to rise above our personal interests, think big, be more tolerant and "focus" allows us to create that beautiful work of art or social change that is beautiful to our senses and for people's lives whatever the "cause" may be case may be...

Wow! wait a minute I thought you were going to talk about real beauty, when I started reading this...I mean real beauty..pleasing to eyes or skin deep, superficial whatever you call it, see I want to look beautiful and succeed, I don't care about "causes" and stuff, its all so boring and I don't need any lectures...I need real beauty tips...

I see where you are coming from...You are one of the majority and need some tips to look beautiful and succeed. Well even then, you will have to put in some efforts into that...I know many of you will happily do so...How about exercising? That requires a lot of effort and many do it, to stay healthy and happy.. Well, see you are again deviating from the main topic, what has healthy and happy got to do with beauty? A lot indeed, good health allows excellent body circulation, that keeps the skin well nourished and glowing, not to mention doing away with that flabby tummy..being happy is all it's about, If you are happy you look beautiful with that lovely smile on your glowing face.. . Not to mention other ways of being happy..like using your brain to develop a talent and succeed, but well I agree you may get prejudged and success may require more efforts than just talent and developing a beautiful personality may be one of those..How about a positive attitude? or Is it just the "looks" that are needed to be out there and be admired or achieve what you want. Well, you see all these are relative terms, one leading to another..

I noticed you mentioned well nourished...How is that related to beauty? A lot indeed eat a balanced diet with generous helpings of fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid fatty and sugary stuff, go for long walks...avoid stress, think big, don't let petty issues bother you too much and stay happy and beautiful.

What about all the accessories, make up and apparel that make us real good? What about those lovely shiny white teeth that make us look good? and what about the botox and beauty enhancing cosmetic surgery/Plastic surgery to look good?

Well I am all for white shiny teeth, You can have that lovely smile with good dental hygiene... and may be an occasional visit to your dentist, i.e., if you can afford that...All of us do not have dental insurance but still can have beautiful healthy white teeth by practicing regular dental hygiene. I am not in favor of Plastic surgery, but that's my personal opinion, if you have the money, don't believe in any "cause" that you could donate that money for and are really desperate to attain that physical attribute...go for it, after all so many plastic surgeons need to make a living, pay off those educational loans and get rich. What about the side effects? Does plastic surgery and liposuction have side effects? Of course they do, but many people risk it because they want to look good and be acceptable in the society and if possible successful.

Wait a minute, it seems you are done with all the tips that you had to offer to enhance my beauty. What about my make up? my hair? my clothes? my shoes? I notice you haven't given a single tip about all those things that will make me look really beautiful and fashionable...

Well, as I said beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder and if you want to be fashionable and that is your standard of beauty, Please consult a fashion expert...So you are not a fashion expert? No my friend I am a simple human being learning to speak my mind....and I must admit, I enjoyed the process of putting my thoughts into words... Hope you too had fun reading it.






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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Very nice. Love the references to ganhi, Mandella, etc. Read about most of them. Great hub!


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Hussains 6 years ago from Olympia, WA Author

Thank You Micky Dee.


KellyEngaldo 6 years ago

Mother Teresa is one of my all time favorites. And the Taj Mahal is a place I wish to visit. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Enjoyed your verbiage - prejudged and set standards. You are absolutely right. Thank you for sharing.


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Hussains 6 years ago from Olympia, WA Author

Thanks Kelly Engaldo. Your encouraging comments are very much appreciated.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

True beauty is very much in the eye of the beholder. I'm glad we don't all think the same! Nice hub.


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Hussains 6 years ago from Olympia, WA Author

Thanks habee for visiting and leaving a beautiful comment.


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

I enjoyed reading "your thoughts put into words" - in this hub. Thank you for sharing this with us.


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russiangypsygirl 6 years ago

I love that you question things and take them to deeper layers. Great mind you have. I totally feel you, feeling that I have to get my thoughts out there to... Cheers!


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Hussains 6 years ago from Olympia, WA Author

Thanks 2uesday for kind words and appreciation. russiangypsygirl that's a great complement. One of the best I have received. Thanks and cheers.


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anjalichugh 6 years ago from New York

Very 'beautifully' carved out hub. I guess we are on the same page as far as evaluating the standard of beauty is concerned. Well, for the sake of brevity and to avoid repetition, let me add here what I keep saying all the time:

"The way you think is the way you look."

How much radiance one emits depends on the kind of thoughts one harbors in the mind. Ultimately the outer appearance is just the extension of the inner self. Loved reading your hub. You write very well. :)


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Hussains 6 years ago from Olympia, WA Author

Thanks Anjali that's very nice of you. I enjoy reading your hubs and they are quite well written as well. :)


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

'No my friend I am a simple human being learning to speak my mind....and I must admit, I enjoyed the process of putting my thoughts into words...' You write 'beautifully'....and I agree completely with you.

I'm glad, you highlighted compassion as one of the qualities that makes for beauty, for in my eyes kind, compassionate people are truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing this....keep putting those thoughts into words! :)


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Hussains 6 years ago from Olympia, WA Author

Thanks myownworld for caring to read my thoughts. I very much appreciate your comments. :)


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada

Great article, beautiful wording =) I wish there were more ppl with this kind of mindset. PPl would spend a lot less on make up, hair, clothes, and shoes yet a lot more on beatifying the soul within =) Rated it up and will be following you.


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Hussains 6 years ago from Olympia, WA Author

Thanks Noorin. My apologies for not responding immediately. I have been away from hub pages, Will try to keep up. Love your comment. :)


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jamaicavillas 5 years ago from Villanueva del Trabuco, Malaga, Andalucia, Spain

http://hubpages.com/literature/Beauty-is-in-the-ey... You see beauty sometimes but synicism spoils the day for some.

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