Beauty vs. Meaning

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. Kahlil Gibran
Khalil Gibran (born Gubran Khalil Gubran), was a Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer. Born in the town of Bsharri in modern-day Lebanon, as a young man he emigrated with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career. He is chiefly known for his 1923 book The Prophet, a series of philosophical essays written in English prose. An early example of Inspirational fiction, the book sold well despite a cool critical reception, and became extremely popular in the 1960s counterculture. Gibran is considered to be the third most widely read poet in history, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu.
Pick up any magazine or watch TV and you will find page after page and commercial after commercial shouting at you that the product you are reading about or seeing is the “ONE” that will give you the beauty you are seeking.
When you go shopping, the cosmetics counters are lined with people in white coats just waiting to show you how beautiful they can make you if you just place your tush in their chair for a moment.
When you go to the hair salon, there are people ready to pamper you to the beauty that you seek and expect them to provide. The fact that you are able to do this and I am not is one of my eternal resentments.
During the three decades of my active addiction, the only beauty I knew was of a physical or external nature. I had no internal beauty as the drugs and alcohol, food and sex, tobacco and caffeine and others numbed me from my internal beauty to the point of total hopelessness.
With sobriety and finding a spiritual path, you showed me through your experience, strength and hope that I could find the beauty within my soul and no longer needed all the external validation I once did as I now knew a Higher Power that instilled their love for me inside me unconditionally.
I have dedicated the past many years toward helping others find their internal beauty, worthiness, value and love through my work as a Rabbi and Addictions/Spiritual Counselor. If despite all the material/external success your spiritual tank is still running on fumes, I can help you find a joyous inner path that will fulfill you in ways a Bentley, Rolex or Gucci Bag never has nor ever will.
I could go on and on about our external search for beautification enhancers which many seek on a daily basis. Many also seek physical beauty; sunsets, paintings, cars, jewelry, mountains, botanical gardens and so much more. I am right there with you so I am not lecturing you. What I am doing however, is reminding us both how important it is for me to light the beauty inside me  every day that I awaken to. 
That’s right; every day that I am blessed with is the most beautiful sight in the world; every child and grand child I have surpasses any item of beauty I can see or have; any milestone achieved by anyone I love exceeds all physical items that I may deem beautiful.
There is nothing I can do to my face or body to make me more beautiful than my heart already is.
My prayer for you today is that you will light the beauty in your heart and shine it upon all you come in contact with.
I am a modern and independent South Florida Sober Rabbi with an MSW Degree and 23+ years of sobriety providing Sober Coaching and Addiction/Spiritual Counseling focusing on energizing, affirming, motivating, healing, spiritual guidance and personalized life cycle events. 
If you, a family member or friend are suffering, call me at 954-755-3764 to get the help you deserve.
I can help you!
Hugs and blessings for a joyous day!


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