Beauty is…

Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself. When you love yourself, that’s when you’re most beautiful. Zoe Kravitz

Meditation: Yesterday I walked the dog and my daughter came along with her long board. She usually rides down the sloped parts of the street. This time I walked all around the neighborhood. When we got to a steep hill, I told her that it was probably a little too fast for her to go down. She said that she could do it, and off she went. She looked beautiful and confident as she went down the hill on her long skateboard. She was not anxious. At the bottom of the hill she realized that she would not be able to make an elegant curve as she had hoped. So, she made herself fall on the ground before hitting a mailbox. When she got up, she did not cry even though she had a bloody knee. Instead she said: “This was awesome. It was worth it. I will work on my curving and do it again.” She appreciated herself. She loved herself for being confident and courageous. And she felt beautiful regardless of her injured knee. And yes, seeing her ride on that long board, she was beautiful. (And as her Mom, I hope she will practice much more before she will be doing it again!)

Prayer: God, when we are congruent with ourselves, You delight in us. When we appreciate ourselves, no matter what the outcome of our endeavors, we grow to love ourselves. And then we are beautiful even when our bodies show some scars based on our living courageously. Thank You for my beautiful daughter(s). Amen

Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:7