The Beautiful People

They are out there. They are not in magazines, movies, advertisements, TVshows, or plays, at least not visibly, but they are there.

They are the kind of people who draw you toward them. You want to talk with them, laugh with them, listen to them, even cry with them. They touch you deep inside. Once you meet them they are forever a part of you.

They are not showy. They do not speak of their accomplishments as if they are medals and as if they are what make them special. In fact, they speak of others’ accomplishments and they feel happy for them. They give, they create, they listen, they watch. They are kind. They are gentle, And most of all, they are real.

They know that the humanness they possess is not something to be ashamed of, but something that is precious so when they make mistakes, they can laugh at themselves and they can listen and learn for the next time. They are tolerant of others’ humanness too. They are patient and forgiving.

When you meet them, you know it. You feel the magnetism. You see their vulnerability, the clear eyes, the gentle smile, the openness. You see the light of truth shining through them. There is no artifice, only what is real. I think it is what Keats meant when he wrote in Ode on a Grecian Urn
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“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,”—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

If you are lucky, you welcome many beautiful people into your life. If you let it happen, you can become one of them.

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Comments

  1. Like me… 🙂

  2. lori barstow says

    Leah IS one of the most beautiful people I know!!! I only wish I could see her more often…and her mother too!! Love, Lori

  3. frank spigel says

    These comments remind me of two people I know.
    One was an adult Bnai Mtzvah about a year ago,
    Recently I attended her son’s Bar Mitzvah,
    During the ceremony which was a little bit emotional as she called her own mother, who died in the fall of 2004. this women does a lot of volunteer work for her synagogue.
    Another person is my sister-in-law, my brother Jim’s wife who is constantly looking after her parents as well as my Stepfather who died recently.

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