“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
by Pete Ferguson
What defines beauty?
If you are a parent or sibling, you likely see infinite beauty in your child, parents, or siblings.
But taking away the media filter - and personal bias - what is beauty really?
Beauty shouldn’t be about changing yourself to achieve an ideal or be more socially acceptable. Real beauty, the interesting, truly pleasing kind, is about honoring the beauty within you and without you. It’s about knowing that someone else’s definition of pretty has no hold over you.
~ Golda Poretsky
Last night I made the unfortunate mistake of starting Season 3 of "Beauty and the Geek." The premiss is very high school-ish: take the "popular" girls and match them up with the guys with no social skills. The girls are supposed to learn to get their inner geek on, and the boys gain confidence and break out their inner beauty.
Of course the twist is that you find some of the girls may have physical beauty but inside are broken, selfish, and hard to find really beautiful. And the "geeks" - once they are give some confidence and required to make an effort at talking to women - start to reveal their intelligence and inner beauty in a public way.
Facebook is a great social experiment. It allows us to see where high school and college friends ended up. It allows us a bit of a crystal ball of how things would have been if we'd married differently, taken on a different career path, or made other choices differently.
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