(NOT my photo but so lovely)
“Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are.”
Today I met a strong, beautiful woman named Claudia. Shortly after meeting her I had a rare thought. I thought:
I like her. I want to be like her.
It’s not rare for me to like someone but for me to actually, necessarily want to be like someone is rare. When I had the thought, it wasn’t unpleasant or negative or jealous or in a competitive way. It was more like me being so inspired by another woman’s beauty (not physical beauty, though Claudia is beautiful inside & out) which resonates so much with my own, that I want to reach deep within and unleash my own beauty in a more profound way. I want to strengthen it.
Something about her reminded me of me. She has a quiet, calm, simple, matter-of-fact, way about her. Not just displayed by how she talks or acts but just how she is.
While talking to her, she complimented another woman to me. There is nothing more beautiful than girls complimenting other girls.
And when she complimented me, it was sincere and not condescending like she thought I needed validation. Her only intention was to encourage & uplift.
Around her, I sensed a safe place. A place of no judgment, only love, acceptance, warmth.
She has a job helping, serving others, a job that takes deep compassion & great strength, both of what she displays so genuinely.
When I met her, I thought of the quote I shared above & was reminded of the beautiful song sung by Billy Joel, She’s got a way.
She’s got a light around her.
Claudia certainly has a way about her.
Humble but confident. Soft but strong. Tender, yet firm. Fiercely compassionate and very kind.
How beautiful it is to inspire someone simply by being. BEing our honest self. Not trying to be someone or something else. No matter who/what we are, someone, somewhere desires/longs for just that. Loud, quiet, warm, firm, syrupy sweet, badass, bitchy, reserved or very demonstrative….some of these things will resonate with some while others will resonate with someone else.
Keep on keeping on! You never know who your own beauty is inspiring!❤
I want to be an even better me after meeting Claudia.
Much love & light,