What Really Matters

I don’t like mirrors.
I rarely ever look in them.
I know what they do to people.
They cause beautiful-on-the-outside people to bathe in their beauty
and unattractive-on-the-outside people misery.
Mirrors enable vanity and cause sadness.

The next time you look in a mirror,
instead of focusing on your face,
think about what you mean to the world.
The beauty of your face or your dissatisfaction with it
isn’t who you are — it’s how you look.

In the eyes of an abused animal,
an abandoned child,
a homeless person,
or a crime victim,
your smile and generosity feel the same
regardless of how you look.
If you’re making the world a more humane place,
I don’t need to look at your face,
to know you’re beautiful.

pig at leilani

6 thoughts on “What Really Matters

  1. This is especially important for girls and women to hear. One of the great things about being around animals is that they truly do not care what you look like. Animals only care about the important things like kindness.

  2. Andrew, you truly have such a beautiful and wise way with words. A couple years ago I found a good use for my bathroom mirror when I taped one of my favorite quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr. onto it:
    “Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

    I may now have to add:
    “If you’re making the world a more humane place,
    I don’t need to look at your face,
    to know you’re beautiful.”

    Thank you for being the beautiful person you are, Andrew. 🙂

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