In the world where women are fighting against societies standards of beauty, we are reluctant to use the word “beautiful”. We want to affirm that we are much more than our looks. We are smart, we are fearless, we are strong, and we are significant. We are so much more than just “beautiful”. So, many of us take the word and we throw it out of our vocabulary, especially when it comes to our daughters. We hope our girls grow up to be confident, resilient women. God forbid if our child is judged based on what society thinks she should be. We won’t have it! So, we tell our girlfriends, we tell our daughters, we tell our sisters – be more than beautiful.
But what if “beautiful,” is more!
Beautiful, as described by Webster’s Dictionary, is having qualities of beauty, or something that is generally pleasing.
So, yes, as defined by a dictionary, beauty can be a description of looks. Yet, it can also be so much more! Beautiful can refer to many things.
Telling our daughters that they are beautiful could be just as important as telling them that they are intelligent, talented, or charismatic . Just because we call our girls beautiful, that doesn’t mean we are defining them by their looks. It could mean that they are radiant, their smiles are infectious, their laugh is heartwarming, their empathy is deep and they are stunningly unique, in their very own, beautiful way. Women can be beautiful, even if they aren’t Instagram perfect.
Have you seen the new Macy’s commercial?
The one where the idea of beauty is portrayed by a variety of different women. “Beautiful, one word that bears the weight of thousands…” it begins. It goes on to say that the idea of beautiful is so much more than how it is originally defined. That beautiful is how we make it, each one of us, as an individual. I could not love this commercial any more than I do. It’s the perfect message to our girls. It’s the perfect idea of beauty.
Video Source: YouTube.com/Macy’s
How wonderful it is to know that my daughter will grow up in a world where the meaning of beautiful expands beyond the idea of “perfect.”
Beautiful is now unique!
It’s embracing our very own kind of beautiful. We can build it into what ever we want it to be, to become who ever we want to be. We can use it as a foundation of confidence – A placement of steeping stones, to allow the next generation of beautiful to grow. The beauty I see in my baby will transform into the beautiful she will someday want to be.
For now, beautiful is when my daughter wraps her arms around my legs and looks up at me with her little smile. Beautiful is her baby giggles when her puppy licks her face. Beautiful is how she lays her head on my chest when she wants to be near her Mama. Beautiful, is when she greets her daddy with a smile every morning. Beautiful is her sweet and lovable demeanor. Beautiful is her kindness, her gentleness, the spark she carry’s deep within. It’s the determination to get back up after she falls, and the ambition to keep trying. It’s her bashfulness when a stranger tells her “hello,” and her little wave back to meet their greeting.
Today, beautiful is the amazing little girl she is.
Tomorrow, beautiful will be the woman she decides to be.
Beautiful will become whatever she wants it to be.
So, every day I tell her she’s beautiful. When she wakes up with her messy hair. When she’s dressed up for church. When she’s covered in spaghetti sauce. Every day, I encourage her when she walks, hold her when she cries, clap when she builds her blocks, smile back at her when she grins, call her brave when she falls.
Every day, she learns a new meaning of beautiful.
She is so many things! She’s charming, she’s smart, she’s brave, she’s funny, she’s sweet, she’s courageous, and she’s also so very beautiful. She’s beautiful in every way possible and she will grow up knowing just how wonderfully beautiful she truly is and how beautiful she can be. She will grow up in a world where she won’t be afraid to be her very own kind of beautiful.
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