Monday, January 30, 2012

Choice of Thoughts

I was reading "The Twits" by Roald Dahl to my kids tonight and I came across this line:

If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face.  And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until it gets so ugly you can hardly bear to look at it.

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly.  You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if  you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
Wow. What an idea.  I have never thought about a person's thoughts reflecting their outer beauty.  We have always been told that beauty if only skin deep, but this idea clearly conflicts with that idea.

I work hard to keep drama and ugliness out of my life as I just don't want those ideas dragging me down.  I strive to surround myself with positiveness so that I can be a good example to others and my children.  Now, I have another reason why: to have it shine on the outside.

Now, that I think about it, there are women that others would consider "beautiful" and I thought something with off with them.  Maybe this is why??

What do you think?


  1. I think personality is a big part of people's attractiveness. I know someone who is not so nice, and I have to say that the karma seems to really be catching her in the ugly department. Like it's coming from the inside;)

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  2. Oh I love this. It reminds me the super cute boys in high school who were grotesque on personality alone. When they spoke, it always ruined it. Easy on the eyes, hard on the ears. Still so true!

  3. Love the post. So true. Good lesson to teach the kids and that adults need to remember as well. LOL. Following from Voiceboks. Visiting from HodgePodge Group

  4. This idea is repeated over and over in our bible studies. That's why I am so careful as to what shows, music, books, our kids have access to. You put in filth, filth comes out. You demonstrate love, love overflows from the heart.
    Matthew 15:18 ESV
    But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.
    Luke 6:45 ESV
    The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

  5. I love those words! I'll have to see if I can find that book. It would be great if we could all strive to be "lovely"

  6. Your quote reminded me of one of my favorites from The Secret Garden...'Where you tend a Rose, A Thistle cannot grow'. Happy Thursday!