The importance of perspective

I’m shamelessly copying this poem written by Abdullah Shoaib, it’s called ‘Pretty Ugly’ and I found it an important read on how a new perspective can change your entire view.

‘I’m very ugly

So don’t try to convince me that

I am a very beautiful person

Because at the end of the day

I hate myself in every single way

And I’m not going to lie to myself by saying

There is beauty inside of me that matters

So rest assured I will remind myself

That I am a worthless, terrible person

And nothing you say will make me believe

I still deserve love

Because no matter what

I am not good enough to be loved

And I am in no position to believe that

Beauty does exist within me

Because whenever I look in the mirror I always think

Am I as ugly as people say?

(Now read bottom up)’

So simple, yet so powerful, many of us listen to the silent utterings of what we think people think of us, we compare, we see beauty in everyone else, we see perfect lies of lives portrayed. We do not see the battles, the flaws, the grit of true life, we only see this in ourselves and see this as ugly. Have we seen it from all perspectives?

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