the eyes of love

Someone once said that beauty is simply reality seen with the eyes of love. I like that. The concept of being graced to see the beauty in the world, and especially in the people around us, as our gaze is transformed to be one of love, rather than fear or pride. To take slight liberties with Confucius: Everyone has their beauty, but not everyone sees it. As I ponder this transformation from fear to love, through grace, I am reminded of the quote that Nelson Mandela cited in his inaugural speech in 1994 to address a nation that found itself facing a similar journey:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart” – Kahlil Gibran

“We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting.” – Kahlil Gibran

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