Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The eyes have it

I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may, light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.
- John Constable, painter (1776-1837)

A master painter or photographer can make anything look beautiful, worthy of attention and admiration.

Artists can't create beauty. They find beauty, then emphasize it so that it's more obvious to others.

You can find beauty as well. Beauty is all around you, no matter in what direction you look.

Your brain may have been trained to see many things around you as ugly, as useless, as trash, as unworthy. You have been trained to think that way by others. Those others don't want you to see beauty where they are unable to see it. Where they have chosen to not see it.

They want you to join them by surrounding yourself with the same ugliness and unworthiness as they see.

What if you don't?

You can see the beauty in anything if you choose to. Don't let others persuade you to see only the worst of everything. You can choose to not see the worst of anything, if you wish.

For example, our media lead us to believe that the world is a more violent and dangerous place than it has ever been in history. That's not true. There are fewer wars going on today than have been going on at any point in history for the past 2000 years. There is less personal violence happening--life is less risky--today than ever before in history. These statistics are in proportion to the total world population at relative time points.

What is of greater risk to your health and safety than the ugliness of life around you is the person who wants you to focus on it and not on the beauty.

Do you want to make yourself beautiful without even wearing cosmetics? Smile. Smile with your heart, not just with your lips.

Your heart expresses itself in your eyes. A heart that sees beauty smiles through the eyes.

The easiest place to find beauty is in the eyes of a loved one. Or in the eyes of someone who is loved.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to show you how to make your heart smile.
Learn more at http://billallin.com

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