A good part of my vacation last summer was spent in North Carolina with family and friends. One weekend in particular, I was able to introduce my 7 year old granddaughter to two of my dearest friends. The four of us spent the better part of that Sunday attending church, brunch afterward, and just paling around – during most of which my granddaughter was the absolute center of attention and loved every second.
Later, I asked her how well she had enjoyed the day and whether she liked my friends. “Yes!” she replied enthusiastically, “they’re pretty and kind!” Ah – the mind of a 7 year old with such excellent taste and choice of words! Pretty. And kind.
I was humbled by her response and the descriptors she chose, especially given how we are often inundated with images of what beauty is these days and how women are to look in order to be considered “the fairest of them all.”
For my granddaughter, to be pretty is to be kind and to be kind is to be pretty. I definitely think that she is onto something and pray that such wisdom will guide her days. I also pray that she will always see herself as the amazing human being that she is – pretty and kind; phenomenal and outrageous. All that and more!
As we go about our days may we be assured not only of our physical beauty, but also of the beauty that resides in our heart knowing that it is the absolute best kind.
Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind, the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind. – Henry James
Grace and peace,
P.S. Each morning I try to begin my day by reading something thoughtful and inspiring, and from time to time will be sharing the titles and authors of books with you in case you are also looking for something to feed your soul. I am currently reading The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carlton Abrams. Feel free to join me!