Lasting Beauty

by Patrick Liew on July 17, 2017

The organiser of the Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant 2017 has to be held responsible for many of the brickbats from the public.

Besides not attracting a better slate of contestants, it could have better prepared the contestants to put up a better show.

Why is there a need for such a pageant? What’s the motive, means and ends of the organiser?

What purpose does the pageant serve and how does it contribute to society? How do the judges evaluate, measure and compare level of beauty?

What sustainable values are the organiser aiming to inculcate in the contestants’ lives? How will the contestants become a better person as a result of participating in the pageant?

The truth is every person is beautiful in his or her own unique ways.

Some will discover their own beauty and use it for the greater good.

On the other hand, many will be distracted and misled by the world’s frill, fad, fetish, or fashion about beauty.

Sadly, they will not find their beauty within. They will continue to chase after the winds of commercialized beauty, and eventually reap a whirlwind.

As a property investor, I believe that looks and appearance to please others and yourself is like a leasehold property. They won’t last.

Looks and appearance are deceiving. They are like a show flat, pleasing to the eyes but they may not reflect the reality of a property.

True beauty is a lifelong asset.

It’s not captured by the eyes or a photo but felt by the heart.

It’s not evaluated by reflection from a mirror but the reflection of the people you touch around you.

Take a leaf from the beautiful things of nature.

They do not compete and compare with each other. In their own ways, they brighten and enlighten the world around them.

Beauty therefore does not come from outward physical appearance but from a shining light in your soul.

It cannot be seen by the eyes but felt by the souls of the people around you.

Beauty does not need attention. Yet, others will not get tired of looking at you.

The paradox of beauty is that the more you chase after it, the more illusive it becomes.

When you start to be yourself and like yourself, you start to become beautiful.

Look for the beauty in others and they will start to see the beauty in you.

Beauty comes out from deep within you and expressed in the way you think, talk and act for others.

Do you focus on your own looks or on the beauty you find in others?

When you live up to your best self and live to serve others, they will see beauty in and through you.

That’s far more important than looking at a mirror or a photo, and definitely more worthwhile than the judges’ score cards in a beauty pageant.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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