Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Hey ....... do you feel beautiful?
Do you believe you are beautiful?

I think - the answers you give to those questions, determine how you handle life.
(I naturally think - have I put the comma in the right place, I accept I am ignorant of basic things, but)
I believe I am

beautiful - imperfection.

John O'Donohue has said that the Greek word for "the beautiful" is to "kalon"
which is related to the word "kalein."
This is entwined to "call" or "calling."
So, John says - "when we experience beauty, we feel called."

Do you feel called?
Do you believe you are called?

I first started using the phrase "You are a beautiful human person" when I was working with gangs of young humans.
I struggled to love them - at first.
They were constantly abusing.
Me and others.
They spit in your face.
They lashed out physically.
Sometimes, even worse, there was no response, no acknowledgement that I existed ...........

I decided that -
God loves me
God loves them
I need to learn to love.
I need to grow as a human - in love.
Then I started to say, and write, and express in every way I could::
"You are a beautiful human person".

"The human soul is hungry for beauty;
we seek it everywhere - in landscape, music, art, clothes, furniture, gardening, companionship, love, religion, and in ourselves. . .
We feel most alive in the presence of the Beautiful for it meets the needs of our soul."

John O'Donohue
"Beauty: The Invisible Embrace,"

The beauty I see
the most powerful beauty
Is in you.

The greatest beauty is-
Is in humans.

Despite behaviour,
despite your behaviour,
you are beautiful.