Scientists use a mathematical equation to measure facial beauty. It’s called the Golden Ratio. It stands at odds with the premise that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” as proposed by author Margaret Wolfe Hungerford in 1878. For over a hundred years, Margaret’s insight has held true, as this story confirms.
To Whom Are You Beautiful?
I heard a wife tell her husband, “If I could give you one gift in life, I would give you the ability to see yourself through my eyes. Only then would you realize how special you are to me.”
It truly is a gift to be seen through the eyes of love. We are beautiful, in the eyes of those who love us. And if we’re lucky, that person tells us often how much we are loved and cherished, and how beautiful we are – man or woman.
I so enjoy when you can see, just by looking at them, how much a couple care about each other. It is particularly true when they have been together for a long time.
At a recent community meeting, someone announced that a couple were celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary. The husband stood up and added, “And I am still in love with her!” The spontaneous announcement was so touching, as his bride blushed at the public attention.
But he didn’t even need to say it out loud. You could tell by the loving way he treated her, that she was still that beautiful, flirtatious young woman who had captured his heart so many decades ago. That’s what HE saw when he looked at her, regardless of the whitened hair and wobbly knees that had become today’s reality.
To see them together was to believe in love all over again.
P.S. I love to see an older couple holding hands. It communicates love, trust, and empathy. Both parties enjoy a sense of belonging and security.
Reaching out your hand can benefit those around you too. People can feel alone even when in the presence of others. Touching or holding the hand of another conveys immediate, positive physical feedback. It interrupts the feeling of loneliness and replaces it with a sense of acceptance and understanding.
Be generous in reaching out your hand to touch or hold the hands of those around you.