Every time I write in my journal, I start the entry with a quote, whether that quote has anything to do with the entry or not. This is today’s quote.
“The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” – Pierre-Auguste Renoir
On a level of physical beauty, the quote makes no sense. It is painful (time-consuming and expensive, too) to be conventionally “beautiful”: to shave, to work out, to eat healthy, to wax or pluck unwanted hair, to have cosmetic surgery, to get tattoos and piercings… Yes, the pain may pass, but will we stay “beautiful” if we don’t maintain ourselves?
Of course, that’s not really what Renoir meant. I think he was talking about the pain of life, and how, after it passes, we have the opportunity become spiritually strong, resilient, and beautiful.
Or he might have been talking about art. Some writers and artists describe it as painful to rip their work apart, start fresh, or edit. But the beauty in the piece remains. Perhaps it is even enhanced by the pain we go through as we strive to perfect it.