Friday, February 13, 2009

A Valentine's Day poem & thoughts on true beauty

In honor of Valentine’s Day and to put us in a romantic mood and to continue in the theme of adorned with Grace Minerals’ “defining true beauty” I’d like to share a poem that seems to describe eloquently one who is truly “adorned with grace”:

She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

This poem has always been somewhat familiar to me; I remember hearing it in high school (likely English class) and thinking, “How heart-melting and romantic!” But back then, I thought it was referring solely to her physical beauty. As I got older and came across this poem once more, I noticed that it’s not just referring to the physical but that inner beauty, that lovely glow that seems to exude from her. I think it is best said in the last two lines about having “a mind at peace with all below, a heart whose love is innocent.”

I think most of us know someone who may not necessarily be the “Hollywood Standard” of beauty—but as we got to know them and look into their hearts, they became someone whose beauty seemed to surpass even the most gorgeous movie star you can think of! Kindness, patience, a sense of humor, compassion go such a long way; a sincere, friendly smile is more beautifying that the latest Lipglass from MAC!

So on this Valentine’s Day, find that shining someone (or someones) and make sure you tell them how beautiful they are! And remember to demonstrate those virtuous qualities to others in your actions, words—and your thoughts, as the inner workings of our heart end up reflecting outwardly to others.

Happy Valentine’s Day!