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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

When I look in the mirror, I don't always see the person I know. They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder - and that love is blind. If that's the case, I shouldn't trust my own judgement at all.

There are so many sayings that make sense only after one's experienced it. Long ago, somebody copied a poem in my yearbook - all that glitters is not gold. It took me years to realise that we can be easily fooled by what appears to be.

When I was choosing my first job, management consulting conjured up images of a high flying executive, a jet setter who lived in five star hotels and dined on gourmet cuisine. All was true provided the hours were billable and the work was done.

Things are not what they seem.

So how can you tell whether you are really seeing something for what it is? You can get your friends to pass judgement.

Recently, I took an opinion poll among my friends. Although the answers were not unanimous or uniform, the underlying message was the same.

Get the fundamentals right. Sort out what's important to you first. Be value focussed. Don't be lured by opportunities.

But a thing of beauty lasts forever - surely what I perceive to be beautiful would also last? Or is beauty only skin deep?

I have no answers now, except that my vision test is due soon.

13 June 2001

A thing of beauty is a joy forever
Its loveliness increases
John Keats