On Friday, I went to get my roots colored at the salon. (Ain’t getting old, fun?!) :)
I’ve been going to the same stylist for a few years, so we have fun catching up with each other and filling each other in on what’s going on in our lives. This visit was full of wedding talk because in just a couple of weeks, my stylist is getting married!
I shared memories of my wedding, and she told me all the things she still needed to check off her to-do list. There are so many details that have to be remembered and put into action at a wedding. Like every bride, she was feeling overwhelmed.
And then I gave her my best mama advice and said, “Years from now, your guests will not remember all of the details like what the cake looked like, or what color the dresses were, or how many hor’derves you served, but they will remember how they FELT at your wedding.”
I’ve been to many weddings, and the ones that I remember the most are the ones that touched my heart. The ones that left me feeling good and uplifted.
As I was driving home from my appointment, I began thinking about the people in my life that always made me feel good.
You know those people. The ones that make you feel loved, or important, or valued. The ones that inspire you and make you smile.
Those people are the most beautiful people I know.
Will they ever grace the cover of a magazine? No.
Do they live in big houses or drive fancy cars? No.
Are they the most fashionable? Charismatic? Famous? No. No. No.
Their beauty does not come from the outside, but from the inside. And their beauty comes from how they make others FEEL.
As I head to the Haven Conference this week, of course, my insecurities about my weight and appearance start to surface. I know I shouldn’t worry about it, but I’m just being honest, y’all. As women, we are so hard on ourselves, aren’t we? Being on stage in front of 300+ attendees is not easy.
I am on the road to better health, but I am not where I want to be yet. I’ve been trying on new clothes to wear to Haven, and it’s just depressing, y’all. :) I’m not a spring chicken anymore, ya know?! haha! My mind begins to start the old comparison game, and I have to remember my own advice.
The most beautiful people in my life are beautiful because of the way they make me FEEL.
I want that kind of beauty.
I want others to think I am beautiful, not because of what I wear, or what I’ve accomplished, or what I look like. I want others to think I am beautiful because I make them feel special.
So how do I do that?
Well, I think it starts with thinking of others more than myself, being a good listener, and showing kindness. There are many other ways to make others feel special, but those are my top three. :) (Plus, giving lots of hugs. I’m a hugger, y’all.)
Many of you are the most beautiful people in the world to me because you have shown me so much kindness and encouragement over the years. You’ve filled up my heart with JOY.
So if you don’t already know it, let me tell you…YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!!
Now go forth and sprinkle kindness like confetti today!!