“When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.”
This Wednesday Word No. 45, courtesy of Secret Safe Heart and written by author Dean Jackson, simply spoke to me. A lot of social media chatter as of late has been about standards of beauty, and what actually makes someone beautiful (Can a person be deemed beautiful on the inside if what they’re presenting on the outside is scantily-clad and provocative?) and whether or not a person knows they’re beautiful (You can know full well your inner beauty but choose not to flaunt or talk about your looks). So when I observed all these conversations, I was reminded of this quote by Dean Jackson. Let me start by saying that you are beautiful. Yes, you — the person reading this. To me, this quote has a couple of meanings. First, don’t let someone’s opinion alter the way you feel about yourself. If you try to adhere to someone else’s standards they’ll say you’re not good enough, and when you do conform to their criteria, they’ll say you were better before. Also, this quote reminds me that you can soar above whatever notions of inadequacy you chose to believe and realize that you’ve been great all along. Either way you interpret it, the moral of the story is: Do you. Be you. BeYOUtiful.
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