Where Are You Most Beautiful?

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I’m sharing this article because it’d be way too selfish of me to keep it to myself. 😉 A dad writes a letter to his daughter, redefining the fashion industry’s overly-glamorized descriptions of women. This is his perspective, and it’s awesome.

Words do have power and maybe, just maybe, the words of a father can begin to compete with the words of the world. Maybe a father’s words can deliver his daughter through this gauntlet of institutionalized shame and into a deep, unshakeable sense of her own worthiness and beauty. 

BRILLIANT STRENGTH. May your strength not be in your fingernails but in your heart. May you discern in your center who you are, and then may you fearfully but tenaciously live it out in the world. 

CHOOSE YOUR DREAM. But not from a department store shelf. Find the still-quiet place within you. A read dream has been planted there. Discover what you want to do in the world. And when you have chosen, may you faithfully pursue it, with integrity and with hope. 

NAKED. The world wants you to take your clothes off. Please keep them on. But take your gloves off. Pull no punches. Say what is in your heart. Be vulnerable. Embrace risk. Love a world that barely knows what it means to love itself. Do so nakedly. Openly. With abandon. 

INFALLIBLE. May you be constantly, infallibly aware that infallibility doesn’t exist. It’s an illusion created by people interested in your wallet. If you choose to seek perfection, may it be in an infallible grace–for yourself, and for everyone around you. 

AGE DEFYING. Your skin will wrinkle and your youth will fade, but your soul is ageless. It will always know how to play and how to enjoy and how to revel in this one-chance life. May you always defiantly resist the aging of your spirit. 

FLAWLESS FINISH. Your finish has nothing to do with how your face looks today and everything to do with how your life looks on your last day. May your years be a preparation for that day. May you be aged by grace, may you grow in wisdom, and may your love become big enough to embrace all people. May your flawless finish be a peaceful embrace at the end of the unknown that follows, and may it thus be a gift to everyone who cherishes you. 

Little One, you love everything pink and frilly and I will surely understand if someday makeup is important to you. But I pray three words will remain more important to you–the last three words you say every night, when I ask the question: “Where are you most beautiful?” Three words so bright no concealer can cover them.

Where are you most beautiful? 

On the inside.

From my heart to yours,
Daddy.

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