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Gina Quarles : You Are Beautiful
Healing Through Creativity
You Are Beautiful
By Gina Quarles
No one can truly define what beautiful means. The definition is different for all. Across various cultures, what we as Americans may describe as being beautiful might be considered horrid in other areas of the world.
For myself, there is one definition for “beautiful.” It can be best described as not being confined to one certain boundary or culture. It is the beauty of the soul. Anyone can be described as “beautiful.” However, it is described differently according to what that area of the world you are living in or what culture you define yourself within.
There is more to beauty than meets the eye as the age-old saying goes. I feel it can be found deep inside of you. It is that part of yourself located deep within that knows all truths. It is located within that inner-compass area, as I like to refer to it. Some call it the soul, some call it the heart and some will call it the conscience. When I think of the soul, it includes all of three of them.
It is found when you are able to see things beyond what meets the eye and look in much deeper than that of the surface of things. It accompanies with it a feeling of appreciation. It is an ability of discerning right from wrong. I literally get flutters (joy), when I see the beauty I am describing. It can be when I see a heartwarming film, a baby being born, to that first bud of a flower on a plant getting ready to bloom. I see beauty in the beautiful woman my oldest child is growing into. Her positive attitude and generous spirit encourages others. That is true beauty for me.
Beauty, for myself is not a surface thing, although some think of that way. I want you to try something for me. I encourage you to look all around you in your immediate surroundings. It may come from a child’s smile, a portrait you have hanging in your home, to writing a check out for a charity, or maybe even what you are preparing for dinner or a hairball! Whatever, it does not matter what it is. Just jot it down. Contact me through my Web site and let me know what you find. Tell me what is beautiful about it. I can’t wait to hear about it. •
© 2012 Gina Quarles. All rights reserved.
Gina Quarles is a mom, wife and a creative soul who is passionate about the art of writing. She's currently recovering from a near-death auto accident and working on a book, which is an outlet for her healing. She encourages others along the way through kindness and hope. More »