Darius - a young man whose lack of pulchritude is overshadowed by his inner beauty:
one who asks a myriad of questions and answers a plethora of them himself.
Pulchritude - outer beauty
Myriad- a lot
Plethora - even more
There is a young man I know who is seldom silent. A lot of people call him Steve even though that isn't his name. Everyone seems to see him as a Steve Urkle, you know the brain who was a clumsy stumbling bungler on the 90'sTV sitcom?
Darius is not clumsy, but he does have a voice much like Steve's. I have as yet to hear him ask, "Did I do that?" but am always expecting to hear those words come from his lips. He does ask a lot of other annoying questions and could care less if he is annoying. He also bears a striking resemblance to Steve.
Customers at the grocery store where we work are often asked why they buy this or that, when are they going to eat it, etc.. Fellow workers are asked everything imaginable; why did they say or do something that seems so insignificant that you don't usually even remember saying or doing the thing it is that Darius asks about. He is very observant. I usually try to answer the questions he asks me. Some of the younger checkers don't answer. Some of the young men tell Darius to shut up. When no one answers Daruis' questions, he answers them himself. He talks and sings to himself quite often.
One night last week Darius told me that I seem to have a "myriad" of rides. I said, "Yes, I do, a plethora of them even; I asked, is that your word for today?" He said, "Yes." I asked, "What is the word of the day for tomorrow?" Darius answered, "Pulchritude."
He went on to define it, spell it, and use it in a sentence. I thanked him for the word and told him I would write something about it.
Great physical beauty and appeal can be described as pulchritude. Now why that would be the word one would pick to describe beauty is beyond me. Can you imagine telling someone that they have great pulchritude? I don't know they may haul off and slap you or something if they don't know what the word means. Pulchritude just doesn't sound like a pretty word or a word for pretty. Speaking of words for pretty; I searched for the word to be the opposite of pulchritude. If pulchritude is the word for outer beauty, what is the word one would use to describe inner beauty? I never found that word.
Truth is there is a myriad of words that I don't know and may never now. There is a plethora of Dariuses out there who do know words that I don't know. They can spell them, define them, and use them in sentences. There are many who possess pulchritude so great they will be recognized and remembered for their great outer beauty long after their beauty fades. And then there are those who possess an inner beauty that words can never describe which will be remembered for who they are on the inside long after they are gone.
Outer beauty is something so many seek after, never realizing without inner beauty outer beauty is worthless. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. " And another quote says, "That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful." I have found that to be very true.
Today look for the inner beauty of those around you. Look for the inner beauty in yourself.
You may be surprised as you find a myriad of beautiful things hidden away in others and a plethora of beautiful attributes inside yourself. Can you do that? Yes, you can.
More importantly, always remember to behold the Lord's beauty and inquire of Him often.