I simply love philosophy; namely for it’s questioning of things and breaking down pre-conceived notions. But there is a point at which I can get too “philosophy-y” and trip myself up by questioning TOO much. One of the first people I studied, my foray into this realm, was David Hume. I love this quote: “Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.“-David Hume. That is to say within each of us lies the innate ability to perceive the world around us as we so choose. If I choose to be pessimistic and perceive the universe as ugly, I will probably have a negative mindset. If I am open to kindness and the beauty of the world, it makes sense that I would be positive. For example;it is raining this morning. I can get caught up in the gloom and ugliness of the day OR I can look at is as this: water is the source of life, this is a way of bringing vital nourishment to my environment. If I get wet, that’s ok;it will dry. There is something of beauty, I think at least, in even today. Some people at my gym brought much joy to my morning. They might not have had 6 packs or million dollar teeth, but the beauty they give off RESONATES! Physical beauty is only skin deep. True beauty, for me, is having an inner light that is so blinding it cannot help but effect other people.
Mental: Realize your inner beauty, rather than external. Realize that you are much more than a body;you have MUCH to be offered non-physical.I will give more insight in physical.
Physical: I have given the example of Hawkins being the most brilliant man of the hour;unable to act physically. I am nowhere near him! but I have been unable to perform physical tasks, and still do much of the time. Quite often, value is placed on what we can do physically. I assumed I had lost my value as a human being, as my physicality was greatly diminished. Often times, we are quick to overlook that which can be offered by the mind alone. It is great IDEAS not always physicality that has had the greater impact on the world. If you have a quality, functional body; be grateful! If you have both of these aspects…you can do much good! “A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this World: he that has these two, has little more to wish for; and he that wants either of them, will be little the better for anything else.”-John Locke
Social: Again, realize that what you have to physically offer society is much less important than that which you can offer internally. It is hard, in the world we live in to disconnect from your physical self( I have trouble!),but it will help,with practice, to lessen one’s conception that their sole value is defined by things physical and tangible. YOU are not stylish hair or an IPhone.