The Sun (Malaysia)
Make up what’s lacking in our soul
THE TERM ‘make up’ has many meanings. For one, if we don’t have something, we go to great lengths to make up for it in other ways. For example, if one is lacking in selfesteem, one makes every effort to boast about what one has in order to win the respect of others.
If one does not have a formal education, one may compensate for it by outsmarting others or highlighting other assets, making one stand tall in others’ eyes.
‘Make up’ also implies using cosmetics to enhance what the user has or to conceal what she hasn’t. With all the harmful substances in cosmetic products these days, it raises the question whether artificial beauty is worth the price.
‘Make up’ also means to top up, such as, to make up for a class in school or training programme so as to catch up on lost knowledge or information. By doing so, one is at par with the rest of the group.
Your ‘make up’ can also be genetic, biological, physical and emotional. It’s what you are made of. And in challenging times, it’s tested.
Finally, to ‘make up’ means to make amends; to reconcile; to put past grievances behind and to make peace. The phrase, “now, kiss and make up!” comes to mind.
When we embark on a spiritual journey all these terms take on a spiritual meaning. We realise that what we really need to make up is the qualities that are lacking in the soul. If one is short, it does not mean one will command any less respect; it is what the soul brings to the table that will determine a person’s value in others’ eyes.
As one cultivates inner qualities, virtues and powers, it is this inner working that makes one stand tall.
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