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Talk of Beauty

Updated on August 8, 2013
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Do not judge the Beauty of my outer shell
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8/7/2013

I have been called beautiful from time to time in my life. Some have used other kind words to describe me. Some chose to tell me these things regularly. Some wonder if I believe them. In response to kind words, I always give a smile and a thank you. I suppose my expression is what causes the doubt. Beauty is subjective. It depends on the styles and tastes of others. How I feel about myself has never depended on the views of others but lets talk of beauty. Beauty is found in so many places. People collect things that are beautiful. I was not made to be part of a collection. Beautiful things are put on display. They are admired on the surface level as they collect dust on a shelf. Nothing is needed beneath the surface. They are sometimes left behind and forgotten. Beautiful things are often delicate and breakable. They are tossed to the side when they wilt or lose their beauty. These are not things that I can be. People hang on so tightly to their beauty as if it will always be there, as if they are nothing without it. How grateful I have been that I am not flawless. Some are so focused on their superficial level that they lack the things that matter most. And what of beauty? At our core we are no different. Skeletons look identical to anyone who is not a scientist. We all started as tadpoles in the womb and we all end as skeletons and dust. The differences in what you see comes only from the distribution of tissue. I would rather be seen for my spirit.

Of all the things that I have ever wanted to be in the lives of others, beautiful has never made the list. Some believe that there is power in beauty but it is not the power that I wish to wield. The power that it has lies in manipulation. It is used for personal gain. It is used to herd a society through marketing. It is a pawn in the constant fight for the meaningless. That I was pleasing to the eye is not enough to sustain me especially when nothing that I consider valuable comes from it. So you say I am beautiful. I prefer to be chosen. What good is beauty if it doesn't bring me your loyalty? And how special should I feel to hear these words from you if I am just one of so many beautiful, meaningless people that you see in your life or that temporarily cross your path? I would rather be a wonderful adventure or a peaceful escape to one man than to be desired and viewed as beautiful to all the men in the world. And so I will always smile and thank those who would call me attractive and beautiful. They are kind words and they will always be appreciated as meaningless as they may be.

© 2013 Lissette

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    • Moms-Secret profile imageAUTHOR

      Lissette 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you April. I am glad that you enjoyed it.

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      April Reynolds 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      good job mom's secret, I like your viewpoint

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      Lissette 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Nice to see you tirelesstraveler. I am glad you enjoyed the song. Peace... Many seem to want it but there is something about the dramatics that they don't let go of.

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      Judy Specht 

      5 years ago from California

      Love the song Beautiful. Being a "Peaceful escape for one man" is worth so much more than anything the world can give us.

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      Lissette 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      I never did consider being called odd, different, or weird an insult. :)

      That sounds like a teacher that I would have liked enough to remember. I don't have many of those.

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      newenglandsun 

      5 years ago

      I had an English teacher who was really into sci-fi. He used to show us Twilight Zone episodes to help us with the elements of a story.

      "The Eye of the Beholder" is what it was called actually.

      "Odd" is more like unexpected or deviating from the ordinary. You do that too though.

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      Lissette 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Oh Frank, to be seen for the beauty in my spirit. Not corny at all! Ideal and rare, but not corny. Thank you awesome, beautiful man.

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      Lissette 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      I used to watch that creepy show, tho I don't recall the episode. Lol. What a compliment you have given me NewE. Actually, I don't get it a lot. I get that I am odd a lot which I am sure means the same thing. :) I'm flattered. Thank you.

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      Lissette 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      So nice to see you writinglover. Always relating to my madness. I appreciate it.

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      newenglandsun 

      5 years ago

      Frank, it's not you in that mirror, it's you "a billionth of a second ago" (Michio Kaku).

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      Beauty is fleeting.. but at one time everyone possess it.. and later gives it away with time.. bueaty in spirit is everlasting.. so once spirited beauty remains eternal.. damn that was corny.. but you know what I mean.. my old friend..:) one thing I have to admit.. when I look in the mirror my reflection is quick to say damn you're one beautiful man!!! LOL

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      newenglandsun 

      5 years ago

      You're a brilliant conversation partner (if only through internet communication).

      You're a serious intellectual as evidenced by your writings (although you probably get this a lot).

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      newenglandsun 

      5 years ago

      There's an old twilight zone episode about how beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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      Jennifer 

      5 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      I agree that beauty is subjective. It can be found in all kinds of places and in all kinds of people. I think it's everywhere, no matter where you look. Voted it up!

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      Lissette 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      I will add a song soon. :)

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