Like Stained-Glass Windows

People Are Like Stained-Glass“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”

- Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Quote of the Day.

Today’s quote is a very eloquent way of saying that true beauty – true character – is best revealed during periods of darkness.  It is during these times that our true self will shine through.

When family, friends, finance, and career are all going well, our true character might be overshadowed by these external factors.  During this times, others see us as happy and positive  - because we are happy and positive!  Who wouldn’t be happy and positive when everything is going well?

When things take a turn for the worse, however, the way others perceive us might change drastically.  Why?  Because we might change drastically.  If conflicts arise between us and those around us, or if career or finances (or both!) take a nosedive, we might become irritable, self-centered, and pessimistic.  For many of us, this is a natural reaction in the face of frustration – but it is a reaction that can be changed!

Be aware of your actions and personality “when the darkness sets in.”  Take note of how you respond, how you act, and how you feel.  This is the first step toward cultivating inner beauty and magnetism that can shine forth in all situations!

 About Elisabeth Kubler-Ross:  Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1926 – 2004) was a Swiss American psychiatrist perhaps best-known for her theory on the five stages of grief and her book On Death and Dying (first published 1969).

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