It truly saddens me how narrowly our society defines “beauty”. Not only how narrowly we define physical beauty but also how those narrow definitions apply to art, ideas, experiences, other cultures, other’s peoples’ feelings, etc. … And how, if something doesn’t align within those crazily narrow standards, than it is labeled bad /ugly, and we collectively dismiss and discard it.
I personally don’t believe in those narrow parameters. I believe that authentic beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder and it is up to each of US to decide how we want to view ALL that we behold. Whether or not to expand our personal definition of beauty is a CHOICE, a mindset.
Seth Avett (of the Avett Brothers) once said, “There are no ugly girls, just different shades of pretty.”
I love that. And I agree –as it applies to girls, boys, art, music, ideas, and everyday ways of being. So, in honor of that … I invite you to play a little game with me today. Here’s your challenge:
“Pretty” cool challenge, yes? (get it? “pretty”? … haha). Everywhere you go today, scan each person you encounter and to try to see at least one beautiful thing about them: a twinkle in their eye, amazingly graceful posture, a warm infectious laugh, how hard they work, their creativity, etc. Then, pick 3 of those people and TELL THEM what you noticed.
Actually use the word “beautiful” in your compliment. i.e. “What a warm, beautiful laugh you have!” … or … “It’s beautiful to see someone working with so much dedication “. Your beautifully kind words will be a thing of beauty, too.
So, that’s it. Rock this challenge + Share this challenge with others. Help us spread the kindness love.
I’m wishing you an authentically beautiful day!!
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