Outward Charm Or Inner Beauty?

 “Beauty is the illumination of your soul.” says John O’Donohue

If nurturing ourselves is vital for our overall well-being, should it be the outer look that needs to be solely taken care of, or should the nurturing of our inner being be given importance?

When people get drawn to those who treat others well, have a moral compass, and lead a life of integrity and dignity, the focus is more on what the person is and not on how the person looks. It’s the beauty of the heart that illuminates the lives of those around and touches a soul with a lasting impact.

When you have a healthy balance in life, you realize how simple and enjoyable life is, and when you lose the balance in any one aspect of life, you see it affecting the other areas as well. Is it not the same with appearance too? Giving complete attention to your outward looks and paying no attention to what you are from within doesn’t help you make an impact, no matter how good you look.

Does the noise in the world influence your choices and decisions? Explore your inner self and know your purpose that will help you shine from within. This link will take you to my blog post on inner self: Explore your inner self.

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The radiance of inner beauty

Many a time, people’s outer appearance doesn’t reflect their real selves. Your looks could be forgotten over time by someone whom you’ve not met over the years. But the impression you’ve left in someone’s heart remains forever and doesn’t fade with age. A warm smile, a kind heart, a caring gesture, and a respectful attitude are some of the traits that radiate a person’s inner beauty, which has a profound impact on anyone at the receiving end and leaves a positive imprint on the memory of people.

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That which comes from within us is more powerful than our outward appearance and it isn’t possible to hide our true self every time we meet people. It is necessary to work on the values we reflect and the personality we portray, for you don’t always have a second chance to make a first impression. When your appearance and attitude together make a positive impression, you become a beautiful human being, who can be looked up to and cherished.

At times, a moment of self-reflection helps you navigate in the right direction, without impacting your moral compass, which makes you who you are. If you’re looking for ways to self-reflect, here’s an article that could help: A Moment of self-reflection

The charisma one exudes catches people’s attention easily and helps in creating a positive first impression. However, it may not reflect one’s true character or personality. For a person to be genuinely attractive beyond physical appearance it is necessary to reflect qualities such as empathy, compassion, intelligence, and kindness, that show the essence of one’s being.

Beauty that doesn’t fade with time

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Although our outward appearance and how we present ourselves matter, it’s our inner being or the personality traits that decide our social connections, relationships, and many other areas of our personal, and professional lives. People who possess inner beauty are often admired for their depth, warmth, and authenticity.

As one matures and develops with age, the inner beauty grows and shines brighter, unlike the outward charm that fades with age gradually. This makes the inner radiance more enduring and impactful.

I recently came across an article that sheds light on the seven qualities that enhance one’s inner beauty. Here’s the link to it: True beauty comes from within

How do you think we can keep ourselves shining from within amid the cares and worries of daily life? Do share your opinion in the comments.

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  1. Taking care of our inner selves is often harder than our outer selves because it’s not always apparent or easy to identify what is going on or what we may need. We definitely have to work on both, sometimes at different times but it’s worth investing in. Great reminder to focus on our well-being.

    1. Rancy D'Souza

      Thank you!
      Yes, the inner being is worth investing in, and we surely must work on both, appearance as well as our inner selves.

  2. Elise

    I feel like i needed this today as i need to work on my inner-self, unsually bad. I’ve let evertything gt to me ;ate;y.

    1. Rancy D'Souza

      I hope you found this post helpful.
      As you intend to work on yourself, may you find courage and confidence to nurture your inner self. I’m sure you’ll realize your inner strength and beauty.

  3. Teresa Maria

    What a beautiful article, thank you for sharing it. I think the first step to releasing our inner beauty is to stop giving any fuks about what other people may or may not think about us. Most often they don’t think anything about us at all ;D When we focus on the respect and value that we give to ourselves, the beauty of it all will shine through.

    Teresa Maria | Outlandish Blog

    1. Rancy D'Souza

      Thank you! I agree with you, self-respect can’t be given up in order to please the world. Holding on to our values lets the inner beauty shine through.

  4. Lisa's Notebook

    What a lovely post! I do think it’s hard to keep the glow from within when life gets in the way, but I do agree about inner beauty being far more important than outward appearances.

    1. Rancy D'Souza

      Thank you! Yes, it’s hard at times to keep the glow, but taking time to self-reflect and working on the inner being is worth it.

  5. tempmail

    Fantastic website with a wealth of knowledge. I’m sharing it on Delicious and forwarding it to a few pals. Naturally, I value your work.

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