Looking For Beauty


Many of us feel passed over in a world that seems to place a high value on outward beauty. But a short poem by Anthony Ewell reminds us that physical attractiveness can be over-rated. He writes:

As a beauty I am not a great star,

There are others more handsome by far.

But my face, I don't mind it,

For I am behind it,

It's the people in front who get the jar!"

Maybe you are not the most beautiful person in the world. And maybe, as the poem suggests, it doesn't matter. There is hidden beauty in each of us that can be experienced by anybody who cares to explore.

In my birth state, New Mexico, is a natural wonder that is one of the largest and most spectacular of its kind in the world. Carlsbad Caverns is an immense series of limestone caves extending under much of southern New Mexico. Native Americans took refuge in the gaping hole that is the main entrance, but they did not venture far. A hundred years ago settlers in the area were attracted to the opening by the awesome sight of hundreds of thousands of bats swarming from the hole every summer evening. Though a bat guano mining operation was set up, nobody explored much beyond the bat's dwelling places.

Eventually, a cowboy name Jim White explored deeper. He returned with fantastic stories of gigantic subterranean chambers, spectacular cave formations and unbelievably stupendous sights. Even in 1915, after black and white photographs were taken of the caverns, many did not believe. The government sent skeptic Robert Holley to investigate in 1923. He wrote in his final report, "I am wholly conscious of the feebleness of my efforts to convey in words the deep conflicting emotions, the feeling of fear and awe, and the desire for an inspired understanding of the Divine Creator's work which presents to the human eye such a complex aggregate of natural wonders."

A whole new world -- majestic, wondrous and awe-inspiring -- lay hidden from view. Its unimagined beauty can only be experienced by exploring beneath the surface.

And so it is with people. We each possess a unique inner beauty that can be discovered by anyone who cares to explore beneath the surface. You may have even successfully hidden it from yourself, but that does not mean it doesn't exist. And your outward appearance probably has little relation to the magnificent wonders that lay just below.

Happy people habitually explore beyond appearances and are usually rewarded. They learn to see beauty others might have missed. And they become acquainted with a richness within themselves often hidden from view.

Where will you look for beauty today?

By Steve Goodier

Thanks to Life Support System Publishing, Inc. LifeSupport-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

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