• REBECCA RAUSCH

SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL...

.... but she didn't know what that meant.

When she was a little girl

they told her she was beautiful

but it had no meaning

in her world of bicycles

and pigtails

and adventures in make-believe.


Later, she hoped she was beautiful

as boys started taking notice

of her friends

and phones rang for

Saturday night dates.

She felt beautiful on her wedding day,

hopeful with her

new life partner by her side

but, later,

when her children called

her beautiful,

she was often exhausted,

her hair messily tied back,

no make up,

wide in the waist

where it used to be narrow;

she just couldn't take it in.


Over the years, as she tried,

in fits and starts,

to look beautiful,

she found other things

to take priority,

like bills

and meals,

as she and her life partner

worked hard

to make a family,

to make ends meet,

to make children into adults,

to make a life.


Now,

she sat.

Alone.


Her children grown,

her partner flown,

and she couldn't remember

the last time

she was called beautiful.

But she was.


It was in every line on her face,

in the strength of her arthritic hands,

the ampleness that had

a million hugs imprinted

on its very skin,

and in the jiggly thighs and

thickened ankles

that had run her race for her.

She had lived her life with a loving

and generous heart,

had wrapped her arms

around so many to

to give them comfort and peace.


Her ears had

heard both terrible news

and lovely songs,

and her eyes

had brimmed with,

oh, so many tears,

they were now bright

even as they dimmed.

She had lived and she was.

And because she was,

she was made beautiful.


~ Suzanne Reynolds, © 2019


At some point in our life we will each identify with this beautiful woman. Age brings a wisdom and awareness that we failed to see along life's journey. In business, we often get caught up in the day-to-day and forget to remember the struggles and strengths of those who are part of our journey, and worst of all, fail to see our own beauty and victories.


Regardless of gender, we love, we hurt, we go on.

Remember to appreciate the beauty within you and in others and give grace and love to all.


Photo credit: Nina Djerff

Model: Marit Rannveig Haslestad


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