Sight and Sound

A young person who is dear to me recently made comments about herself suggesting that she thought she wasn’t pretty.

May she truly understand the truth of my reply to her:

“I wish that you could see the beauty within you that I see when I look at you. You are beautiful on the outside too, but to me, one’s internal beauty is far more radiant and important than mere external beauty. I wish a mirror could be invented that would allow you to see your internal beauty, for if you did, you’d see the goodness and greatness within you.”

The soul has been given its own ears,
to hear things,
the mind does not understand.
~ Rumi ~
(Source: Ute Lark/Precious World/Margaret Hwang)

With Love,


About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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8 Responses to Sight and Sound

  1. She is blessed to have someone who can see her true beauty. I pray she sees it as well. Your quote is beautiful as well ~ your inner beauty shines through your words. ♥

  2. utesmile says:

    Your answer is perfect and she is so lucky to be your friend. I am lucky to be your friend. I wished there were more people with inner beauty out there, the world would be a better place!

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Ute. Your inner beauty shines though the darkest nights, a beacon of love and kindness.

      I like to believe that the vast majority of people have inner beauty, but for many it is hidden even from themselves by materialism, pain, fear, bigotry, greed, ego, messages of scorn from others, etc. Over time, and with the help, support, and inspiration of others such as you, I believe many people will re-discover their inner beauty by pulling off the layers that have concealed it from themselves and the world.


  3. Such a loving response, Russ. She’s lucky, indeed, to have you in her corner….

  4. lvsrao says:

    Very true. Inspiring.

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