On Becoming Beautiful People

We become beautiful people when we give whatever we can give: a smile, a handshake, a kiss, an embrace, a word of love, a present, a part of our life…all of our life.   It is sad that, in our highly competitive and greedy world, we have lost touch with the joy of giving.   We often live as if our happiness depended on having.   But I don’t know anyone who is really happy because of what he or she has.   True joy, happiness and inner peace come from giving of ourselves to others.   A happy life is a life for others.

– Henri Nouwen, Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World