Real Beauty by Rabindranath Tagore

beauty is i the eye of the beholder


There is a famous saying in English: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It indicates that beauty is not an objective quality, it depends on how it is perceived.

This can mean that different people like different things: what John finds beautiful may be ugly to Bill. But we can take it a step further and say everything is beautiful if we look at it with appreciation.

We do not want the girl in the picture to be thinner, blonder, cleaner, taller. We accept her. We may even think “yes, you are incredible” as we empathize with the feeling of wonder it conveys.

Well, so are we. We are incredible!

Not thinner, younger, better or brighter: just as we are.

So can we look at ourselves with appreciation? I say we can.

In fact, here is the LEM Beauty Challenge:

Look at yourself in the mirror with appreciation for 3 minutes. See beauty inside and out and then tell LEM!


What words we can learn from this post?

  •  Behold: see, look at
  • Saying: something commonly said, especially a proverb or maxim.
  • Perceive: know directly through any of the senses, especially sight or hearing.
  • Take it a step further: to extend an action, its implications or its consequences
  • Thinner: smaller, slim
  • Empathize: feel understanding of another’s situation, feelings, and motives.
  • Wonder: have a feeling of awe or admiration; marvel:
  • Convey: communicate or make known


Tell LEM… xo!!

p.s. This post was inspired on a poem by Rabindranath Tagore and created by Ines, who’s happy to be living in a more beautiful world, as she learns to look with appreciation.


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