When I was 16 years of age, I was asked to step up and give a sermon at the podium of Hope Lutheran Church. I did so, without hesitation and with complete confidence, telling the congregation about my heartfelt beliefs. I was "the beauty", and a fellow male contemporary was "the beast." I am uncertain as to why we got labeled as such, but it happened, and I was not in charge.
There is beauty in each of us, and no matter the substance of your battle or who you are battling, there is good to be found. So the fight that you hold so dear to your chest...or cause...is challenged by someone else who holds their battle just as dear. It is difficult to relent, be gracious, see the other side, and to keep the best interest of all at the forefront of your fight...
But, in doing so...you exhibit beauty...not in the physical sense, but at a level deeper than typically experienced. True beauty is synonymous with purity...in mind, heart, and spirit. True beauty has no side, but rather seeks to find the truth.
We all, each and every single one of us, have a beautiful side. And as beautiful as we are, we are all broken and incomplete. What a juxtaposition, a complete opposition in our fundamental nature, we exude and demonstrate as we live our ordinary lives. Extraordinary beauty and truth vs. betrayal and the inherent beast within...how diametrically opposed are the fundamentals of our basic human nature.
I confessed the beauty within me, but not without revealing my inner conflict, as I stood at that podium and spoke of the spiritual grace I had found. I was raw, un-edited, and pure in my words. We all seek to take the high road, and live exemplary lives. However, the beast is always present, and when he appears we must do all we can to move in the opposite direction.
Blending exists between my personal life and that of Smucci, my chosen profession. My passion in creating a beautiful and practical product for our homes that celebrates my love of our domesticated pets is evident in all of my designs. I am dedicated to protecting the safety and happiness of our family pets.
But I also acknowledge that sometimes we just give up, and let the beast take over and convince us not to care, and then slack to a lower form of humanity. We have created this dilemna... we decided milleniums ago that we needed domesticated animals to exist alongside us as "pets". We strategically created dogs and cats to become our best friends, and to become loyal to us. And now we haphazardly toss them aside when it is not convenient for us to care anymore.
Sorry, we can't turn our backs on what we have created. And we need to remain beautiful, and do what is right... in mind, heart, and spirit. We need to protect those who are so much weaker than we are... no matter how much exasperation or inconvenience we are subjected to.