Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Wen Tzu - Verse 165, Part I

from Verse One Hundred Sixty-Five
Even the Crown Jewels of the Hsia dynasty could not be perfectly flawless; and even a pearl like the bright moon can be perfectly clear; and yet everyone in the world treasures them, because they do not let a little defect get in the way of great beauty. Now if you focus on people's shortcomings and forget about their strengths, and want to find good people in the world in this manner, it will be hard.
~ Wen-tzu: Understanding the Mysteries ~
Every person -- no matter their thoughts, actions or behavior -- is beautiful. Sometimes we have to dig down deep to uncover their beauty, but it's there, nonetheless.

Too often, unfortunately, we focus on the negative. We toss away the seed and behold the chaff. We elevate a person's shortcomings to the pinnacle, while casting their strengths into the canyon.

If we want others to see the beauty that resides within us all, we must see the beauty that resides within them. When we are able to see that in all people, our own beauty becomes a dazzling light.

This post is part of a series. For an introduction, go here.

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