“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering,
known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.
These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life
that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.
Beautiful people do not just happen.”
~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (Death: The Final Stage of Growth, 1975)
When we look at our struggles, our scars and all that we have endured in our lifetimes, we have a choice. We can allow them to define us and stay in the victim mentality or we can allow them to exalt us into a place of victory. The hard part is letting go of the poor me attitude and embracing the triumphant attitude of I can, I did and I am able.
Getting stuck in the limelight of defeat is something that happens over time, sometimes suddenly and sometimes gradually. The best part is when we can acknowledge that this is where we are and then find the strength to observe, to plan and to move on with our lives. I think that’s the tricky part ~ to change the way you see things in order to make them better. To let go of the defeat and allow the healing of our heart, mind and soul to begin. To move on from it, to forgive and to begin again ~ just like how the dawn comes each and every day. We can begin to see the light at any given moment or we can continue to squint in the cloak of darkness until it becomes too unbearable to us. And that’s when we change.
I see the beauty in people. I have always had that inner wisdom. My compassion for others who are hurting sometimes is like a beacon and people are drawn to me and I to them. It happens a lot lately for it seems we all have a story of struggles to tell and many times I am both the receiver and giver of such stories. I think it’s much like an energetic connection of sorts that through the Divine, reaches out to connect people in the most unusual ways.
It’s a gift that I relish when I realize that we’ve connected and that perhaps by our meeting, has left us both with present of a moment of precious presence and understanding spirit to spirit, soul to soul. Perhaps a fleeting moment in universal time, but important all the same. To acknowledge the gift of presence, even for a brief time, is priceless. Changing the way we look at the world, is a shift that benefits all of us. To see that we are not cloaked in misery, but instead have the capacity to change our thinking to better ourselves and the world is The Presents of Presence.
I see the beauty in you when you allow your heartlights to shine and you are not hiding them behind closed doors in the dark. Shining our heartlights helps ourselves and others to heal, to expand and to explore all the beauty life has to offer. Do not hide dear friends. You are worthy. You have inner power. You are loved. You are beautiful to me. I see you. ♥