beautiful…

this morning while washing my face
i had this thought

it’s been a long week
a long month
a long year, truly.

i can see this year
written on my face
residing in my eyes

some sadness
some joy
some hopefulness
some peace
some worry

a few wrinkles
a few smile lines

as i washed away the night of sleep
i thought
‘beautiful’
even though i was not sure i meant it
or really believed it
still, i knew it was true
so i dedicated myself to that thought

and repeated it over and over
beautiful
beautiful
beautiful

because that is what life truly is for me
no matter what the circumstances of today
this moment
this day
this week
this year

it is, in the end
all beautiful.

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What makes me beautiful?

I was in Target today and I came across this little pink sign in a lovely frame which read:

To be confident
is to be beautiful

At first I was taken with the sign. It was attractive; pink wood frame, interesting embellishments on the pink textured paper. I thought it might look nice in Riley’s room. I wanted to remind her that beauty was not based on mere physicality, especially now that she is in that pre-teen stage of her life. I placed the sign in my cart and took it out again three or four times. There was something about that sentiment that just did not sit well with me. So in the end I put it back on the shelf.

I’ve been considering beauty for a while now and often it seems that just when I have it boiled down something comes along to press me further into the examination and the appreciation of what it means to be beautiful.

This is where I went as I continued down the aisle toward the bath towels and bed sheets… Does being confident really equal being beautiful? What about being kind? Doesn’t being Kind trump being Confident?

So I’ve decided we’re to make a list. This is your assignment this week. I will start the list for us of that which makes us beautiful and would like you to add to it through comments.

I’ll admit that yes, confidence is attractive and mixed in with a few other things can in fact make us more beautiful so that will make the list.

Ready then? Here we go.
THINGS THAT MAKE US BEAUTIFUL:

honesty
being just
kindness
mercy
confidence
trust
wisdom

I believe there are many, many more but I’d really like to hear your additions to the list. What makes us beautiful?