web analytics
July 31, 2015 / 15 Av, 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post


Your Own Kind Of Beauty

Teens-050914-Heart

The cliché is, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Is there any real meaning to that? The expression simply says that beauty has no set meaning, definition, or even value for that matter. Beauty can be found anywhere – from an amazing sunrise to an individual helping a homeless person, to someone lost in thought. Each individual may interpret the idea of beauty for himself. Admit it: you’ve known someone who at one time did something weird or whacky for beauty, you may have even done something yourself. The definition of beauty is a quality in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses, or that pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit.

The definition of beauty differs with the person’s age, culture, and way of thinking. A sight of beauty for a five-year-old boy is his trucks and train, whereas for a girl the most beautiful thing is her dolls. For Japanese, white skinned people are beautiful, while for American, browned skinned people are beautiful. An uplifting saying goes, “A beautiful smile is your best accessory.” To have a smile on your face is a universal feature of beauty, however many cultures have managed to form their own idea of perfect teeth. In the Western world today, a beautiful smile would consist of porcelain white, perfectly aligned, flawless teeth, whereas in Japan, women pay to have their perfect teeth disarranged.

“Beauty is not always seen, but felt by the heart, ” said Hellen Keller. She was born blind and deaf, and yet she found beauty in her experiences. She had a positive outlook towards life and became a great motivator.

Beauty is not just the way one looks, but rather, the way it makes one feel. Beauty is the calmness one feels when driving, and another driver lets you pass on a merge, or doesn’t cut you off. Similarly, when a person assists you when you leave the grocery store or helps you pick up your groceries off the ground.

Beauty and ugliness are two concepts that can’t be accepted without each other. Without accepting something as ugly, we wouldn’t be able to visualize what real beauty it is. It is an indivisible combination, like good and bad, black and white, or evil and kindness. “Everything has beauty but not everyone can see it,” said Confucius. Confucius was right, beauty is not easy to see, most of the time it is somewhere hidden deep inside.

Very often an ugly and scary thing is judged because its beauty wasn’t found or understood. So was darkness at first. Darkness is very beautiful. During a dark time, we can admire and enjoy the things we are not able to when it is bright and light. For example stars and fireflies.

Beauty is how you perceive and see yourself, not how others perceive you. More people need to have the confidence to know that there is no one true definition to beauty, because everyone perceives it differently. So go out into the world today knowing you are beautiful.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

One Response to “Your Own Kind Of Beauty”

  1. Goes with inner glow is more important than outer looks

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Matt Lee of the Associated Press at the State Department press briefing.
ObameDeal Exposed: It’s not ‘Secret’ from Congress but not in Writing
Latest Sections Stories

We studied his seforim together, we listened to famous cantorial masters and we spoke of his illustrious yichus, his pedigree, dating back to the famous commentator, Rashi.

Singer-Saul-Jay-logo-NEW

Jews who were considered, but not ultimately selected, include Woody Allen, Saul Bellow, David Ben-Gurion, Marc Chagall, Anne Frank, and Barbra Streisand.

Personally I wish that I had a mother like my wife.

What’s the difference between the first and second ten-year-old?

What makes this diary so historically significant is that it is not just the private memoir of Dr. Seidman. Rather, it is a reflection of the suffering of Klal Yisrael at that time.

Rabbi Lau is a world class speaker. When he relates stories, even concentration camp stories, the audience is mesmerized. As we would soon discover, he is in the movie as well.

Each essay, some adapted from lectures Furst prepared for live audiences, begins with several basic questions around a key topic.

For the last several years, four Jewish schools in the Baltimore Jewish community have been expelling students who have not received their vaccinations.

“We can’t wait for session II to begin” said camp director Mrs. Judy Neufeld.

More Articles from Aliza Mayer
Teens-050914-Heart

“Beauty is not always seen, but felt by the heart, ” said Hellen Keller.

Teens-121412-Knotty

Unless you are one of the lucky few who were born with picture perfect hair
immune to frizz and flyaway’s, you have got a few curly hair problems – just like me.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/magazine/teens-twenties/your-own-kind-of-beauty/2014/05/09/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: