Beyond the Book Cover
“Clothes can suggest, persuade, connote, insinuate, or indeed lie, and apply subtle pressure while their wearer is speaking frankly and straightforwardly of other matters. ” ~Anne Hollander
It mattered little what the notorious 17th century pirate Edward Teach said, it was rather his appearance that stunned captives, captain and crew. He wore a long black bushy beard sometimes plait into dreadlocks and his hair was just as wild. From descriptions, he was over 6 ‘ tall, burly, with pistols and knives stuck into his bucaneer belt. He was prone to sticking lighted hemp fuses under his tricorn hat just to frighten people. If Blackbeard’s treachery and lust for blood and gold didn’t scare you to death, his appearance shook you in your shoes. He professed to be the devil himself and those who came in contact with him were convinced of his vile and evil nature.
Looks are so much of the way we are perceived, even in this modern world. Huge magazines are devoted not to finding a cure for cancer or world peace but to the clothing one should wear to be stylish. Fashion is a baffling concept, expensive, wasteful and for the most part, unnecessary. It seems sad to devote so much time, effort and energy to create a fake persona.
Instead of viewing the outside world of clothing, shoes, handbags, and suits, when you meet someone today, look into their eyes. Instead of judging a person by the cover, gaze into the windows of the soul, the eyes that say it all.
Recently I was on a crowded plane praying no one would sit beside me. As if to answer my prayer His way, the Universe plopped a young, disheveled, tattooed, pierced young woman into the seat next to me. As the plane sat on the runway for an hour before take off, I discovered she had been traveling in Europe for three weeks and was returning to my city to continue her work and life. As we talked we shared dried cherries she pulled from her battered bag and I offered a few snacks of my own. Oddly, we found much in common. She loved vintage and so do I. She loved music. She loved reading. She was an engaging and lovely girl with stunning eyes, a perfect complexion and gorgeous smile.
How much I would have missed had I judged her by her appearance. What a great conversation would have been lost had we not each opened our mouths and spoke.
There is beauty everywhere in each person, no matter what they’re wearing on their back, or feet or what sort of purse or phone they’re carrying. Find a beautiful soul today.