We are drawn to beauty like a moth to a flame. We want to be beautiful and we want our environment to be a paradise. To shrink back from this is to deny a huge portion of what it means to be human.
In contrast to this natural tendency is a world falling apart around us and a kitchen sink that keeps filling with dirty dishes. As we get older our reflection in the mirror tells a changing story and we must adjust and deepen our understanding of what beauty really is and how it is cultivated.
There is such a thing as the beautification of the soul. This is only achieved through trial and hardship that is endured with patient fortitude. This is the deepest beauty of all and it intensifies with time and travel. Hold a well worn antique in your hand and feel the love.