Gems of Insight, Reflections

Today’s Gem of Insight #55

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Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that though appearance is important it should never be the foundation of our identity. Looking good is important for many reasons, one of which is that when we look good we tend to feel better about ourselves and the possibilities that life holds for us.

However, a challenge comes into play when we find our identity in the way that we look, as opposed to in who we are as a person. The way that we look is ever-changing – we wear different clothing from day to day, we age from second to second, and at times parts of our body may even experience minute changes due to climate, weather, or other miscellaneous culprits.

The point is that if we base our identity in something that is ever-changing and over which we have only limited control, such as the way that we look, our sense of false-security will fling our emotions around as though they were on a roller coaster every time that our looks change in even the most minute ways.

This is one of the main reasons why we were never intended to be so focused on physical appearance. Sure, as I previously mentioned, one’s appearance is important, but there are so many limitations and an unstable nature associated with our looks, which causes our appearance to be too fickle of an ideal from which to derive our identity. After all, we will still be who we truly are no matter what we look like. So, why not base our identity on something that is lasting and stable rather than something that is fleeting and undependable? #lovebythedrop

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