Last Friday I shared the heart-squishing picture book Something Else about a little animal that is ostracized despite his attempts to fit in. Everyone judges him before getting to know him, and none are willing to give him a chance. For any of you who can relate to this, even in a small way, I am truly sorry this happened to you.
The poem I wrote for today is told through the symbolic use of wrapped presents as compared to the appearance of the people we are and see every day.
Does a beautifully wrapped present always suggest the gift inside is as lovely as the fancy paper and ribbons?
Like the present above, do all especially attractive people have personalities that equal their outer beauty?
The same can be said for the present wrapped in an upcycled, paper bag with twine or the person with the plain appearance. The gift that lies within may delight you.
Bottom line – Someone’s outer appearance cannot be used as an accurate gauge for the kind of people they are on the inside.
WHAT LIES WITHIN
I was fooled by the pretty paper,
misled by strings of gold—
Beneath the beauty lay a gift
that truly left me cold.
But in the package, plainly wrapped
with tissue, tape, and twine,
I found a precious treasure
that I truly found divine.
Leslie Leibhardt Goodman
See you here next Friday.