You Are Beautiful …

There is a road near home that I travel occasionally. It’s a lovely rolling, broken country road peppered with estates and farms on either side and overhung by old maples, oaks, elms and spruces. It’s one of my favourite routes to travel going east-west.

I first noticed this random, incongruous sign (pictured) on this lovely road a couple of years ago. My eyes had wandered for a second as I was heading east and there it was, nailed to a tree at the front of someone’s property, its white, hand-printed block letters squeezed with effort into too small an area. Yet the message was clear to anyone who happened upon it … “YOU ARE BEAUTIFul.”

Naturally it made me smile —  first, because it was so whimsical and, second, because its message had brightened my day and, in its innocence made me, indeed, feel my beauty.

It was obviously put there on purpose, and even  now I wonder how many other people have observed its unassuming presence. It’s still there. If you’re looking you can’t miss it.

Of course, this leads to musings about beauty.

Do we see and acknowledge the beauty of our own being, or ignore it and brush it aside? Do we nurture our inner, and outer, beauty so we can share our authenticity lovingly with those around us? The kind of beauty I mean is not the vain kind we see only with our eyes … it’s the essence of who we are that emanates from our hearts.

Every day I tell Bear he is the most beautiful horse in my world, but not only because he’s so handsome. His buoyant and honest spirit lifts my own in so many ways and makes me feel better about who I am. The essence of his beauty nurtures me.

My dogs, too, and my cat are frequently reminded of how much I appreciate their extraordinary companionship — their beautiful spirits bringing smiles and healing to my life every day.

It is said that animals reflect their owners. If my animals are so beautiful, and not just in my eyes but to my heart also what, then, does that say about me?

Animals don’t lie. If I’ve learned anything in the past several years when working with my horse it’s that our animals, reflect back to us all that we are. Horses in particular, as I’ve mentioned in a previous post, will show us the truth about ourselves. If we don’t like what they’re telling us are we prepared to change so we can accept our truth and see the beauty that resides there?

False modesty is a lie. I accept the beauty that graces my life and am willing to open my heart and share it with others who can, and will, appreciate it.

When I forget to acknowledge this, however, it’s good to be reminded by the sight or memory of the random sign, on a random road, in a random township that a random somebody placed because they believed enough in the beauty of other people to tell them so.

In case you hadn’t noticed … you are beautiful. 🙂

Thanks for visiting “Musings of a Horse Mom.”

Nurture what you love …

Dorothy
“Horse Mom”

24 thoughts on “You Are Beautiful …

  1. Great post. I think the sign is a great idea, I’d love to see more of that kind of thing around. It seems like you’re in touch with the beauty the world has to offer, you’ve inspired me to look closer and to find it in unexpected places, because I know it’s there. Your horse as a really friendly face too!

    • Thanks, Robby. I appreciate your comment and that you would take the time to read this post. … Yes, we can find beauty in random places and we do need to keep our eyes open for it. Sadly it’s overshadowed by the negativity the world shoves at us. … Keep your eyes open, Robbie, and you’ll find it. Maybe even post your own sign … 😉 … Be well, Dorothy 🙂

  2. I try to wear my sign around as much as I can … A BIG SMILE !!! It is amazing what a smile can do for someone who is having a tough day. I love your posts and thank you so much for sharing! Tom

    • Tom, you are most welcome … and you’re right, of course, a smile is itself an important sign and reflection of how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. … Keep smiling! Be well … Dorothy 🙂

    • Thank you for visiting “Musings of a Horse Mom” and liking my post “You Are Beautiful …” … Your comment is much appreciated too. Enjoy your horse time! … Be well, Dorothy 🙂

  3. I try to live my life exactly as you’ve said in this post! For example, tonight I took a motorcycle ride with my husband to return something to Walmart. While waiting in line, the lady in front of me was obviously aggravated with the wait. She told me she’d been waiting almost 15 minutes. I told her that I try not to let it bother me, because if it is out of my control, I might as well have a good time while I’m waiting–you know–people watch, etc. She laughed and said that she’s from New England and they don’t like to have a good time! 🙂

    • Way to be! So pointless to get worked up about things beyond our control. Best to make the most of the moment, just as you described. … Thanks for visiting “Musings of a Horse Mom” and leaving your comment. Be well … Dorothy 🙂

  4. Reblogged this on Words of Compassion, Creativity, & Knowledge and commented:
    This is an amazing post by a fellow blogger. As I look toward writing about perfection, it is a wonderful reminder that we are all “perfectly” beautiful.
    I especially love this part where the author writes: “My dogs, too, and my cat are frequently reminded of how much I appreciate their extraordinary companionship — their beautiful spirits bringing smiles and healing to my life every day.” A wonderful testament to the beauty of the human-animal bond. Thank you so much for this. 🙂

  5. Wow, I’m so moved by this simple truth. I have a cat who comforts me, whenever I’m sad she jumps on my shoulders and wraps herself around my neck. My other cat runs to greet me as soon as I get out of my car. Your horse is gorgeous, majestic, and has sensitive eyes.
    If everyone could appreciate their own inner beauty, as well as this beautiful world, we would have far less problems in the world.

    • Thanks for visiting and for your comment … Animals do have a tendency to show us who we are. It is up to us to listen and change the parts of us reflected back to us that we don’t like. We are fortunate to have such patient teachers. … Today’s blog alludes to this as well. … Be well, Dorothy 🙂

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