Wednesday, March 01, 2017

When we say from our heart to someone: 'You are beautiful', it is more than a statement, it is a recognition and invocation of the dignity,

Love changes the way we see ourselves and others. 
We feel beautiful when we are loved, 
and to evoke an awareness of beauty in another 
is to give them a precious gift they will never lose. 
When we say from our heart to someone: 
'You are beautiful', 
it is more than a statement or platitude, 
it is a recognition and invocation of the dignity, 
grandeur and grace of their spirit.
There is something in the nature of beauty 
that goes beyond personality, 
good looks, 
image and fashion. 
When we affirm another's beauty, 
we affirm something that cannot be owned 
or drawn into the grid of small mindedness 
or emotional need. 
There is profound nobility in beauty 
that can elevate a life, 
bring it into harmony with the artistry 
of its eternal source and destination. 
Perhaps Beauty does not linger 
because she wishes to whet our appetite 
and refine our longing 
so that we enter more fully 
into the limitless harvest 
of our inner inheritance.

John O'Donohue
from 'Divine Beauty'