Sunday, December 12, 2010
I have been following the prompts on Reverb 10 recently and one that really struck home with me was the theme of Beautifully Different.
I grew up as one of those kids who from an early age was made fun of and bullied . I was clumsy, went through puberty early and just generally the ugly duckling and because of that I have dealt with issues of self esteem my whole life.I have come to an understanding at the age of 46 that I am beautifully different .
I see that true beauty and by that I mean beauty that lasts comes from inside and is seen in the most unexpected places
I see the beauty of being different in:
*the smile on the face of the downs syndrome child as she dances in the rain just for the sheer joy of it.
*the beauty born of age in the smile of an elderly woman to me at the store
*the gruff exterior of the homeless man who asks for money at the main crossing in town
*the little girl with braces and glasses who smiles at me at the doctors office
*the beautiful breast cancer survivor I see during the breast cancer walk who has no hair
*the dread locked cashier with piercing and tattoo's at the local mini mart
Beauty to me comes from the soul and surrounds us all if we only look past the outer exterior o a person to see behind the masks we all wear to the soul of a little child that resides within us all.
I apologize to anyone I offended with the video of St. Jude Fri. that was not my intent . I only intended to promote the good work that this hospital does.
I encourage you to look for the beautifully different in the next week.
Hope you all have a lovely Sunday and week .
If you're really listening
If you're awake to the poignant beauty of the world,
your heart breaks regularly.
In fact, your heart is made to break,
it's purpose is to burst open again and again
so that it can hold evermore wonder.