A huge benefit of age is we won’t get fooled again. Or maybe we will… But if so, it will be due to a desire to believe in our fellow man (which is a wonderful trait)…and is far less likely that it will be due to being tricked by appearances.
Life teaches us that appearances can be very deceiving. While some people are exactly as they appear, sometimes what we see may not reveal the whole story. The jokester may be hurting inside. The one who seems to have it all may be depressed beyond measure. Possessions may be at the expense of debt, sacrifices or an emptiness seeking to be filled. Likewise, the abrasive personality may be a guise for a wounded heart. The argumentative person, simply uneducated in how to communicate from the heart. The photos on Instagram, highly filtered for maximum response.
To increase the likelihood of survival, all species are somewhat chameleon-like in Nature. Yet, for most of us, these tendencies seem to shed with age. Through the passing of time and gaining of experiences, we tend to become more in touch with who we are and what we like. The benefit of this is that are instinctually drawn to recognize others who also want to reveal what may have been hidden under an illusory facade for the purpose of self-defense, designed to avoid exposure to hurtful people or situations.
Walking our individual paths, understanding the ways life has shaped us, we can choose new filters to see ourselves, others and the world. Time has helped us to see beyond the surface of appearances. Experience has enhanced our abilities to see beauty as it was meant to be recognized and defined: Comfort with oneself.
Not a noun, as in a person, place or thing: Beauty is a verb —an action, state or relationship identified by contentment and satisfaction with who we have become and how we see others and the world around us. Have a beauty-full day.
PS: No, I’m not taller than that water tower! Don’t let my appearance fool you…
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