Monday, September 1, 2014

Something Different

Today in Marvia Davidson's Real Talk Tuesday we are talking about “Hidden Treasure.” Here is what she says about why she chose this topic, “Because maybe you need to remember that you are a treasure. You have worth and value. Dig a little deeper. What's the hidden treasure calling out to you?  Take some time to lean into that thought. What comes up?"

When I read Marvia's explanation it brought to mind something I wrote in a Story Sessions Write In. At that time we were given the following prompt: "Write a letter to the woman in your mirror. Convince her she is beautiful in this very moment."  So today I am going to try something different. I am going to be brave and share with you what I wrote that night. I hope it will be an encouragement to you to go and do the same for yourself. 

Here goes:

Dear Gayl,

You may not think so, but you are a very beautiful woman. Maybe you have some wrinkles, maybe your skin is not so clear and there is hair on your face you wish wasn't there, but you are still beautiful.

Your eyes show thoughtfulness. Your freckles are kind of cute. You may be 61 years old, but you don't look it. Maybe you don't have as much energy as you used to, but you have what you need.

Your smile gives a welcome to others. Your hair may be mostly gray with only some of the brown left, but that gives it more character. It really is pretty the way the colors streak through and reflect the sun.

Most of your life you thought you weren't pretty, that you were inferior to others, but those were lies that you believed. So often you let those lies guide you which made you feel even worse about yourself.

You thought you had to be skinny, have nice clothes, a nice hairstyle and a different face to be pretty. You thought your forehead was too high so you hid behind bangs most of your life, even though your dad told you he had a pretty daughter.

You thought you just weren't as good as others and you might as well accept it, but that was a lie, too. You were embarrassed because of the large space between your two front teeth, especially when children would tell you that you lost a tooth and you had to explain that you had always had that space. Your father had the space, too, and you thought he was very handsome.

So throw off those lies and live as the beautiful woman you are. Keep that smile on your face as your grandmother used to tell you. She said you had a pretty smile.


Now it's your turn.  Be brave.  Come on, try it!  Maybe it won't be as hard as you think.
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