As my seven-year-old daughter and I stood in a checkout line on Saturday afternoon, I spotted a young woman sitting at a table. She was obviously some type of beauty queen, a tiara on her head and a sash across her body.
I pointed her out to my daughter, who is not familiar with pageants and such, but does like collecting autographs. The woman smiled and waved at my daughter who, having never met a stranger, walked over to her. She returned a moment later with a card bearing a picture of the woman and her name handwritten across the front.
When we got in the car, my daughter was studying the picture. Hoping not to let a teachable moment pass, I mentioned that the girl was very pretty. My daughter agreed; then I stated that I hoped she was as pretty on the inside as she was on the outside.
We’ve had previous discussions along these lines, so my daughter knew exactly what I meant. I have always tried to emphasize with both of our girls how important true beauty is – that it comes from the way you treat others, the attitudes you express, the peace and joy that can only show on your face when they’re in your heart.
It always bring me full circle to determining whether or not I am setting the example in true beauty. Do my daughters see me spending more time making my inside or my outside pretty?
Today I want to be truly beautiful. Amidst the fine lines and the highlight-covered gray hairs, I want my inner beauty to shine
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