Learning To Value What Is On The Inside Of A Person
I once worked with a young boy who was interested in collecting rocks. He stated that one of his mentors told him that he keeps an amethyst on his desk to remind him to appreciate the beauty which is on the inside of a person. An amethyst may not be very pretty on the outside but it is amazingly beautiful on the inside. We live in a culture which values physical beauty and youth, possibly to the exclusion of kindness, honesty, generosity, and integrity. We are inundated with images on the TV and in movies of what we should like, value, and be like. Of course we want to appreciate physical beauty. What a waste not to notice a beautiful flower, amazing architecture, and all the beautiful creatures of nature. Is it worth a few seconds a day to remind ourselves that there is more to others than the physical structure of what we see? And for ourselves can we value the beauty that exists within us. This is my own challenge and I need my own reminder so that I am less influenced by this ridiculous cultural illusion.