You are a Beauty

Audio Recording

I am awash with gratitude for your love and for your strength
I need not remind you you are beautiful
It shines through your smile. It echoes in your eyes.
It is written on your heart – you are a beauty


The women in my life are revolutionary advocates, gifted educators
Skilled physician, joyful and loving mothers
And might I add, kickass friends
They are storytellers
Narrating their lives with each cup of tea
Warm meal, bruised knee and long distance phone call
They speak even when they are not spoken to
For they have not forgotten the power that lies in our hearts, souls and minds
Though the world spins round, they create havens
In the midst of bustling cities and swampy forests
They build their homes
When you step through the door
You are welcomed with open arms, gathered in and made at ease.
We share our lives, our joys, our tears, our many moments woven together in this intricate tapestry
Step back a moment
See the colour, the shapes. the picture that forms from the many spools of thread
It is beautiful
So the next time you cannot see the colour amidst the black
Step back a moment, look again
See yourself as a friend
Hear the words you would say. Feel the love you would show
Hold the hope you would share. Remember the respect you would protect
Remember the times your heart poured out with compassion
You came alongside, sat down and listened
You echoed wrong as wrong and right as right
You shared the courage to look head on and fight
You refused to let blame lay claim to someone you loved
You stood firm in the midst of vulnerability and in turn
Shared words of encouragement, kindness and care
Look again, see yourself as a friend
Hear the words you would say. Feel the love you would show
Hold the hope you would share. Remember the respect you would protect
Look again, so I need not remind you you are beautiful
For it shines through your smile. It echoes in your eyes. It is written on your heart
You are a Beauty

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