Thursday, September 6, 2012

What About Beauty?

Many seek beauty in the facade in which they present themselves to the rest of the world. Teeth get straightened, noses and jawlines are restructured and liposuction solves a variety of ' I don't want to look like that' problems. Blending in, makes us feel acceptable, I suppose.

 Have you ever really looked at a camel? I wonder what the camel thinks of its unique image.

An old office joke about committee decision making says that after having created everything else, God became too tired to design his last creature. So he delegated the camel's appearance to an eager committee of twelve.  After several hours, its participants unveiled their final product.

The camel's tiny eyes seemed to be a little misplaced atop its overly snooty face.  Committee members could not decide if the creature should have one hump or two. Equally divided, they tossed in a design for each. A bulging belly over too slim  legs supported by feet unimaginably large,   in their eyes, the camel was an artistic masterpiece. They asked God to make the choice for them between one hump or two.

"Well," he said, "let's run with both designs."

The committee chair said, "I think we got this beauty thing down pat.  Call us, if you need our help again.".

As our modern day adage proclaims and as  God must have thought in that moment, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  May you behold your unique beauty, appreciate its richness, and then let go of hoping to look  model perfect, expecting to blend in, to find other people's cheer in your favor.

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