Beautiful Heart, Beautiful Words

Beautiful Hearts, Beautiful Words

People Magazine released their “Most Beautiful People” issue today. Friends star, Jennifer Aniston, announced as the most beautiful woman, really does seem to emulate today’s beautiful hearts, beautiful words thoughts.

 

Beautiful Heart, Beautiful Words

 

Beautiful Heart, Beautiful Words

In People’s interview, they ask Jennifer, “What is the most beautiful thing someone ever said to you?”

I love that question so much. Immediately, I asked myself that. It took me a few minutes, actually, because it is much harder to remember the beautiful words. So much easier to remember the harsh, hurtful words.

Ask me, “What is the most hurtful thing someone ever said to you?” It would take a second to recall.

Sad, but statistically true. Researcher John Gottman dubbed “The Magic Ratio 5:1,” stating it takes 5 positive comments to obliterate 1 negative comment.

Aniston shares that her “most beautiful thing someone ever said to her” was a cancer patient who said watching Friends everyday made her laugh.

Ah, laughter. A beautiful thing for sure. My #oneword for 2016.

Beauty is a Light in the Heart

Poet Kahil Gibran says, “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” I couldn’t agree more. I will never grace the cover of People Magazine, but I can practice beauty by caring for my heart.
Proverbs [4:23] guides this critical practice:

Above all else, guard your heart,
    for everything you do flows from it.

Three simple truths:

  1. Above all else. Seems to me this is to be our highest priority.
  2. Guard your heart. Guard (NIV) or keep (KJV), transliteration, H5341, nastar, to to kept close, be blockaded. Wow. This definitely is something I have to practice.
  3. Everything flows from my heart. Luke [6:45] makes this even more clear:

It’s the same with people. A person full of goodness in his heart produces good things; a person with an evil reservoir in his heart pours out evil things. The heart overflows in the words a person speaks; your words reveal what’s within your heart.

It seems Poet Kahil Gibran and the apostle, physician, Biblical author, were on to something, doesn’t it? True beauty is all about our heart and is reflected in our words, as “our words reveal what is in our hearts.”

So today, in honor of one of our most popular cultural magazines, I, too, am honoring true, lasting, eternal beauty. As a woman who follows the teachings of Jesus, I want my  heart to reflect HIS light, HIS love, and HIS heart-lifting TRUTH.

Will you please join me? Make someone’s day by shining YOUR light into their lives. Express the true beauty that lives in your beautiful heart.

The Gottman Institiute has many tips over on his website. I chose this one to practice today:

Aim for more
positive interactions.
How can you tell if the magic ratio in your
relationship is unbalanced? Pay attention to how
you and your partner interact with each other.
For every negative interaction that takes place
between you and your partner, are there several
positive interactions? Using Gottman’s sugges-
relationship. More positive feelings and actions
can lead to happier, more stable, and connected
relationships.
 Meet me over on our Facebook page today and share your “most beautiful thing someone has ever said to you.” I’ll be sharing one of mine and the story behind it.