Do we sometimes relate to comedian/actor George Gobel who said: "I feel like the whole world is a tuxedo and I am a pair of old brown shoes!!" ?
This photo of the little black SILLY LOOKING dog sitting with two lovely dogs reminded me of the many times when I have felt so outclassed, awkward, maybe less than attractive and out of place compared to the "beautiful people" around me.
In her Bible companion book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy remarks:
"Comeliness and grace are independent of matter. Being possesses its qualities before they are perceived humanly.
Beauty is a thing of life, which dwells forever in the eternal Mind and reflects the charms of His goodness in expression, form, outline, and color. It is Love which paints the petal with myriad hues, glances in the warm sunbeam, arches the cloud with the bow of beauty, blazons the night with starry gems, and covers earth with loveliness.
The embellishments of the person are poor substitutes for the charms of being, shining resplendent and eternal over age and decay.
The recipe for beauty is to have less illusion and more Soul, to retreat from the belief of pain or pleasure in the body into the unchanging calm and glorious freedom of spiritual harmony.
Love never loses sight of loveliness. Its halo rests upon its object.
"One marvels that a friend can ever seem less than beautiful. Men and women of riper years and larger lessons ought to ripen into health and immortality, instead of lapsing into darkness or gloom.
"Immortal Mind feeds the body with supernal freshness and fairness, supplying it with beautiful images of thought and destroying the woes of sense which each day brings to a nearer tomb." (Science and Heath page 248)
So little black doggie, fear not. Your beauty is deep within and you are loved!! And thanks for reminding me that all of God's perfect children are beautiful and can never be less than "lovely"!
No brown shoes here!!!