Waiting for Peace No. 2

“Inherent Beauty” by Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, 2010

I’m too ugly for you!
She cries out desperately in the dark
Hoping that if she keeps striking the cold stone walls of her own prison heart a spark will form
Lighting the dead grass at her feet
To create a flame so hot she can conquer the eternal cold
To feel some type of joyful pain just so she knows her heart can still feel the difference.


There is such a culture around today that accepts the notion of beauty…or in this case, the lack of beauty.  Whenever I see a girl, or a boy, concede to the fears that they’ll never be loved or wanted, it makes my heart break.

It’s like taking a look in the mirror with hopeful eyes and holding up a checklist of qualities that people have told us makes us worthwhile.  We are taught to say, “whatever, I don’t care.”  This will make us strong.  This will take care of the uncertainty.  This will make us better…

This is a lie.

I’d like to take a quick look at the importance of distinguishing what is peace, and what is indifference.  What good can indifference do for us?

Why do we harbor so much doubt in ourselves?  Why not take a definitive stand to not be afraid to call ourselves beautiful.  Express the qualities that give you a feeling of peace and accord with yourself.  Show the world and the people in your life the light inside of you.

Stand up to the fear of being hurt and tell it to take a hike.

Does this sound sappy and preachy and unrealistically positive? Good.  Every once in a while, it’s necessary to drop the act and lower the defenses.  This doesn’t mean one should leave the gates wide open, but to be honest and prepared.  Hope is a great proponent of courage, and it should never be taken for granted.

It is often quoted that:

“Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something is more important than fear; The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all.”

~Meg Cabot

Perhaps this something involves a combination factors, and, one of these factors I believe includes hope.  Just like love, hope needs to be cared for and encouraged.  One of the best ways to achieve such hope is to share it with others.  No one likes to sing and dance in front of the crowd alone, so give others a sign that it’s okay to see who you are through your own eyes and not the standards of others.

Everyone is in a different circumstance but we all possess the possibility of humanity’s nature to change.  Some days are going to be worse than others, but then again, there will be days that are going to be brighter.

With that, I sincerely wish for all of you to take a look in the mirror again to see that inherent beauty resides in all of us.  Have a great day!


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