Society has a way of defining beautiful. With magazines showcasing “beautiful women” on the front covers and using powerful words like, flawless, grace, naked and age defying to capture a women’s attention, rarely does much for their self esteem.
At some point we all have looked at a cover wishing for that body or shining hair or flawless skin. Its because we have been conditioned to believe that we are not good enough!
The truth is, we are perfect in our own skin, as we are created. A dad wrote these words to his daughter after going shopping for her. These words really are as it should be said and I am sharing them with the hope that you too will let these powerful emotions resonate with you or your daughter. Beauty truly is an inside job.
Brilliant strength. May your strength be not in your fingernails but in your heart. May you discern in your center who you are, and then may you fearfully but tenaciously live it out in the world. Choose your dream. But not from a department store shelf. Find the still-quiet place within you. A real dream has been planted there. Discover what you want to do in the world. And when you have chosen, may you faithfully pursue it, with integrity and with hope.
The world wants you to take your clothes off. Please keep them on. But take your gloves off. Pull no punches. Say what is in your heart. Be vulnerable. Embrace risk. Love a world that barely knows what it means to love itself. Do so nakedly. Openly. With abandon.
Infallibility doesn’t exist. It’s an illusion created by people interested in your wallet. If you choose to seek perfection, may it be in an infallible grace—for yourself, and for everyone around you.
Your skin will wrinkle and your youth will fade, but your soul is ageless. It will always know how to play and how to enjoy and how to revel in this one-chance life. May you always defiantly resist the aging of your spirit.
Your finish has nothing to do with how your face looks today and everything to do with how your life looks on your last day. May your years be a preparation for that day. May you be aged by grace, may you grow in wisdom, and may your love become big enough to embrace all people. May your flawless finish be a peaceful embrace of the end and the unknown that follows, and may it thus be a gift to everyone who cherishes you.
Little One, you love everything pink and frilly and I will surely understand if someday makeup is important to you. But I pray three words will remain more important to you—the last three words you say every night, when I ask the question: “Where are you the most beautiful?” Three words so bright no concealer can cover them. Where are you the most beautiful? On the inside.
From my heart to yours, Daddy.
Please share this empowering, powerful words with your daughter today.
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