I found this image on a Facebook page I follow called "Word Porn". I don't seem to get a lot of their stuff in my news feed very often anymore, so I was surprised when I saw this and remembered the site... Well, this is what it said:
I just had this very same realization today. I've made it my New Years Resolution actually.
It's easy to understand beauty in people as authenticity, but it's something difficult to do.
At least for me. But that doesn't mean people who are not able to do that are not beautiful.
I know it's within me, because I've felt it. Not with a lot of people, and that's something I want to understand and work on.
The understanding that we are beautiful, and worthy of our dreams and aspirations grows our self-value and therefore our confidence. That's when we become even more authentic and this whole cycle continues.
This is changing the negative spiral to a positive spiral.