The Beauty And The Ugly

“No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.”

— Oscar Wilde

With great beauty, there is always a little ugliness.

Beautiful hellebores, spoiled by an ugly little slug. Blech.

A few weeks ago, my son won a major prize in his school’s science competition. Beauty!

Tonight, I cleaned out the refrigerator drawer which housed his … umm, scientific specimens. Ugly!

Instead of posting a picture of the offensive, 2-month-old vegetables, I thought a picture of a nice flower would be prettier. Beauty!

But when I snapped the picture, I saw a slug. Ugly!

The simple point about giving is this.

Whenever you help someone, it can be beautiful. But if they don’t appreciate your help, your help isn’t wanted, you make a mistake, or something doesn’t go right, it feels ugly.

That’s ok. It’s expected. Just keep right on giving. Always try hard to learn something from the ugliness, but your honest, generous intentions are a thing of beauty.

Even the most beautiful gifts can have a little ugliness in them.

Cleaned some really disgusting stuff out of our refrigerator because my wife asked. Ugly! Took my son to his piano lesson and stayed and listened to some good music. Beauty! 

About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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2 Responses to The Beauty And The Ugly

  1. Natalie says:

    It’s true that life is a mixture of the good, bad and the ugly. There’s a line I like from one of Kris Kristofferson’s songs, “But I guess you count your blessings with the problems that you’re dealing with today, like the changing of the seasons”. I hope your weekend has more beauty than ugly!

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