Appeal: to be attractive or interesting: activities that appeal to all.
For a moment, let us escape the normal interpretation of being beautiful or handsome. Attractive actually means “to attract.”
Many years ago, I was at a convention and a beauty queen sat down next to me and we started a conversation. She was very relaxed because…well, honestly, I’m not very good-looking. I had no intentions of hitting on her because I was married. I seemed safe.
As she related the story of her life and situation, her eyes filled with tears. At length she said, “Do you know what really pisses me off? I never really know if anybody likes me because all the men want to make love to me.”
I was startled.
Moments earlier, I was convinced that this young girl had everything. She was pretty, slender, poised and obviously a winner. But these physical attributes were so plentiful that she wasn’t really able to attract anything in her direction except male bees trying to invade her hive.
It was disconcerting to her. It was unfulfilling.
I walked away from that discussion with a strange sense of peace. Even though I will never attract anyone solely based upon my visage, I have decided to use my brain, talent and spirit to be the means by which I welcome others into my life.
Attractive does mean “to attract”–and being attractive means that we have a certain amount of appeal.
But wisdom is deciding what we should lead with.
Because what we use to attract others always determines the type of individuals we snag.
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