Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder!

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Physical beauty can stop us in our tracks, make heads turn. However, everyone can be beautiful in our own way with the right thoughts, action, and persistence. We can make it a way of life.

Beauty in Multi-hues

We are attracted and even succumb to beauty of various hues. And our own make heads turn! That has been a fact of life from time immemorial and well set to endure despite views that it is just not right. We should look at the person as a whole and inner beauty, but they are not revealed that easily. So let us give our eyes a feast and use them to throw light inwards to register; a good starting point!

Concept of Beauty changes over time

Our concept of beauty also changes over time. For a child, mother’s love is the most beautiful and reassuring. Then big trouble starts during teenage years! Don’t we go overboard due to our hormones? Nothing much registers; not even words of wisdom from those who claim to have seen it all! We pay whatever price that has to be paid in terms of money, time, hurts etc., and then live to tell the tale; meaning, becoming wise after the events and share our wisdom with our children!

Those endowed with physical beauty are envied as they are in a minority. Most men can see - just furtive looks, but cannot touch in traditional societies! They are only for the chosen few. There are select few to get the best pickings but life has never been fair; don’t we look different despite being made of the same matter?

Beauty Influences

Beauty exerts its influence in various ways. A thing of beauty is a joy forever - John Keats’s famous poem comes to mind. But physical beauty deteriorates over time. Just look at a rose that has days to shine, make its presence felt! Inner beauty can last. But one needs to dig deep, pause and understand. But in hurried world, we are short of time. So they do not get a fair chance.

We are human and are carried away by looks. In fact, despite some well meaning progress, this fascination and obsession with beauty does not seem to wane! One needs charisma to become a leader, to be counted. Most get ignored as they look too plain! They are relegated to being followers though some do break out into the open with their never-say-die spirit.

Beauty Motivates

I feel touched when inner beauty triumphs with deeds that raise humanity to another level. Our lives need motivation. Physical beauty scores over the mundane. But let us also give due weight to those who go about their work unobtrusively. They make our lives balanced with their quite work behind the scene, while glitter and glamour escapes them! It can be in areas like looking after those in need, great leadership qualities that take us out of a rut, and path-breaking scientific deeds. They have to work harder to make their mark, not that they crave for recognition.

Beauty is Transient

Physical beauty is only skin deep and all that glitters is not gold! But wise words have limited impact as we are easily carried away. Hormones play havoc not only with teenagers! While suffering may not melt some hearts, beauty can make them go haywire! We have to accept certain facts of life. We succumb to moments that do not make sense later; either being wise after the events or just past that age!

All can be Beautiful!

The many facets of beauty fascinate us. Beauty can also be the driving force to elevate us to achieve like in arts. The drawback is not all are in a position to enjoy those that captivate us. But inner beauty can be cultivated. We can develop it within us with the right thought, action and persistence; a way of life finally. It rewards us in many ways and also helps us to find others who possess it! Beauty is indeed a multi-faceted term and need not be exclusive. No one is deprived in any way unless we want to be. We can all be beautiful; it is up to us, within us!

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Arts, Beauty, Beholder, Exclusive, Hormones, Hues, Influence, Inner Beauty, John Keats, Leadership, Mothers Love, Motivate, Teenage, Transient

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
19th Aug 2012 (#)

"We can all be beautiful; it is up to us, within us." - Amen! Great piece, Siva. Thank you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Steve. We can make this world much more beautiful. Physical beauty has been presented to us on a plate; we have to play our part through sharing our inner beauty. Again it is up to us, within us! siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Steve for your quick moderation and awarding the star. Your encouragement is always appreciated - siva

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author avatar stevetheblogger
19th Aug 2012 (#)

Siva great piece and yes they say there is some beauty in all.
Best Wishes
Steve

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Steve. We are all beautiful in our own way to add color and meaning to our lives - siva

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author avatar Denise O
19th Aug 2012 (#)

Siva, If we only lived in such a world. Of course some of us (really) believe that beauty comes from within, we will always have more saying it has to fit a certain mold. As I get older and I see my husband with grey hair and a bit of a gut, bum knee and all, kneeling down to pick up our grandson. He looks more beautiful than any person on this earth, to me. I hear ya my friend. The star is a given. Have a blessed day. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Denise for your share. Nobody needs to feel excluded from inner beauty that lasts till the end of our days and even leaves a legacy beyond. We need to dig a little deeper to find true beauty! siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
20th Aug 2012 (#)

lovely piece this Siva...your words of wisdom always enjoyed....

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Carolina for your encouraging comments - siva

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author avatar Judy Ellen
20th Aug 2012 (#)

Wow!!! You blew me away with this one, dear Siva!!! I have always believed that one must do all they can to cultivate their inner beauty. I don't mean to preach but the Bible has numerous passages on this subject. You see, my parents looked too much towards outward beauty which made me feel that when I lose my beauty I would not be loved. When I became a Christian the Bible taught me how to cultivate inner beauty. As we grow older we come to realize that inner beauty is priceless, and, far more precious than outer beauty. It takes a special person to understand this and appreciate such inner beauty in others!! You are indeed that very special person. You are a breath of fresh air and a blessing to us all!!!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks for your visit and touching comments, Judy. Much appreciated. I find beauty in many that others tend to overlook. They are ever ready to offer help without expecting anything in return. My experience has been they are ordinary folks who just get by day-by-day. They are easily satisfied too. They spread the cheer and I can say, make the world go around! But our world is such physical beauty is given undue importance. I feel it is a marketing gimmick too! siva

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author avatar Subra
21st Aug 2012 (#)

Yes you said it Siva - so long as we possess good thoughts, utter good words and display good actions in our day-to-day activities we can be considered to be beautiful, no matter how we look from the outside. But sadly as humans we are not infallible and therefore do not always appreciate beauty as it should. We are so tempted to admire physical beauty to the exclusion of inner beauty in a person.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks for your lovely take, Subra, and I know you are a connoisseur of beauty! Physical beauty is a feast for our eyes but we need real nourishment through inner beauty that should be cultivated to last our lifetime and leave a legacy even! siva

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author avatar Subra
21st Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Siva for your insightful comments. Yes I'm indeed a lover of beauty in all its myriad forms! By the way you've got a well-deserved Star again and I'm so happy for you. Keep it up Siva!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Subra for sharing joy in my successes; as I always say, life is full of ups and downs that make our journey purposeful. Just by sharing my thoughts and getting responses and also in participating in others' efforts is pure joy for me - siva

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author avatar A K Rao
21st Aug 2012 (#)

This quote was used by Raj Kapoor when he launched 'Satyam Shivam Sunderam'! Today you have summarised it all very beautifully in your lovely article! Thanks a lot for haring dear Siva Sir!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks indeed dear Rao. This is an age-old saying that has such depth. Our concept of beauty also changes over the years. People get carried away by physical beauty overlooking the fact that others too have beauty if we care to pause and reflect! siva

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author avatar Ms. Ann
21st Aug 2012 (#)

Siva, This article has powerful commentary on beauty. It is excellent as usual. Thank you for the beauty you expressed!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Ms Ann, for your comments. Much appreciated - siva

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author avatar Subra
22nd Aug 2012 (#)

Dear Siva, just goes to show you are a beautiful person yourself because that's what you reflect in your innermost thoughts!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks dear Subra for your revisit. No one needs to feel excluded and inner beauty is like wine, gets better with age! Are you not a living example? siva

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author avatar Christine Crowley
22nd Aug 2012 (#)

What an interesting article. I, personally, always find beautify in nature.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Christine. We are provided with such beauty through nature. It is up to us to add ours, from within through love, share and care - siva

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author avatar Tranquilpen
23rd Aug 2012 (#)

A collection of beautiful thoughts artfully strung together with matching pics. Thank you Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks TP, for your uplifting comments. Much appreciated - siva

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author avatar Teila
24th Aug 2012 (#)

Your posts are so full of wisdom.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Teila. Your comments are always welcome and so encouraging - siva

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
26th Aug 2012 (#)

Mother Teresa was not beautiful until it was realized, that she was beautiful on the inside. However, it must have taken time for her "beauty" to be recognized on the outside. However, is beauty the right word? Maybe the spoken word and her actions showed peace and love. Beauty on the inside cannot immediately be recognized on the outside. Now can it be? Thank you, sia, for this interesting page.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Aug 2012 (#)

Thank you Ivy for your lovely comments. Many do not realize physical beauty is transient. Any relationship based on that will not last. Mother Teresa showed that inside beauty will last forever and leave a legacy - siva

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
26th Aug 2012 (#)

Again beauty and beast have got much to do with our mood and situations. In good mood ordinary items could be seen as beautiful!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Aug 2012 (#)

Yes, we have to control our minds too - but it is like a monkey, keeps jumping about! We can find beauty everywhere, every moment. Thanks again Karim, now I know why I miss your comments! siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
1st Sep 2012 (#)

wonderful in every way, thanks Siva...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Sep 2012 (#)

Thanks Delicia for taking time to read my posts. Much appreciated - siva

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author avatar Retired
1st Sep 2012 (#)


:-) As Delicia said...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Sep 2012 (#)

Thanks dear Rama-ji for reading my artcles and encouragement. You make my day - siva

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author avatar LOVERME
3rd Sep 2012 (#)

beauty......
I’m so happy
to see another one like me
who adores beauty
like the blue sea ,
a rainbow maybe ,
stays for a while in memory
much longer ,
I enjoy all things beautiful
Whatever I may see
a guy, a gal, a woman, a man,
a butter fly
all that I see makes me enjoy as beauty
and a rose never fades ever
even when dry
so Shiva your this article is so beautiful
that I never can ever create one like it
no matter how so ever much I may try
and congrats Siva you have beautiful friends too
who present a star page to you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Sep 2012 (#)

Thanks Loverme, you seem to have an eye for all things beautiful. It should go beyond physical beauty though. Thanks for the visit and lovely comments - siva

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author avatar LOVERME
10th Sep 2012 (#)

so many reads...
how glad one feels
when ones work is being read ..It would add more beauty
if a reader
a word has also said .
But none have any time to say
even nice ...
thank you
the culture on all sites particularly this one
tis abs true

you haven't yet
siva ...
read my Shiva
inspired by you...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Oct 2012 (#)

Just saw your comments. Thank you, Loverme. Reading comments from fellow writers is so encouraging and I am reading almost all of yours and commenting too - siva

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
8th Sep 2012 (#)

you share my heart, same opinions dear sir

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Sep 2012 (#)

Thank you Deepa. Let us get our priorities right even as we are carried away once in a while! siva

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author avatar Bets
9th Oct 2012 (#)

This poem reminds me of someone on here who seemingly assumes the same person as two others being the same person, if my assumptions are correct. It is only if that person lets us here at wikinut know this to be the truth. Therefore, I will post something you wrote Silva, that I recognize as being truth. "helps us to find others who possess it" & "Physical beauty scores over the mundane. But let us also give due weight to those who go about their work unobtrusively. They make our lives balanced with their quite work behind the scene, while glitter and glamour escapes them!" This is a difficult one to figure out but then, look around and see if I am correct. LOL! Smiles, Bets :)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Oct 2012 (#)

Thanks Bets. I agree that there is confusion about identities of one or two here. It looks a maze, a riddle! The glamorous carry the day but hard work and meaningful contribution by others are overlooked. But they carry on nevertheless behind the scenes - siva

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