They say you can’t change your past, but I disagree.
While the events that happened in your past aren’t erased, you can change how you see your them. You can change how your past makes you feel today and you can change the stories you tell yourself about your past.
When you reframe how you see a painful past, in a sense, you do change your past. That results in changing the impact it has on you today. What can your future look like when you change how you see your past?
What if you scars made you beautiful?
See the leaf in the photo below? I’ve carried that leaf around with me for an entire year. It’s traveled from Maine to Florida with me. I keep it because the scars on that leaf look like lace. Something tried to destroy that leaf, but the leaf came out beautiful as the result.
Instead of feeling broken, damaged, sad, or lacking from a painful past, let yourself feel strong, resilient, empowered, and yes-beautiful.
You get to decide what stories you tell yourself about your past.
Do you see yourself as a victim or a survivor? Powerless or powerful? Weak or strong? Bitter or grateful? Wounded or a warrior?
You survived a difficult past, but you’re here now. It didn’t defeat you, and it doesn’t have to define you today. Your past doesn't have to drive the direction of your future. You have gifts and strengths from your past. Acknowledge them, and be grateful for them.
Take those scars and make them beautiful.
Make your scars beautiful by embracing yourself with compassion and remembering who you are. You are divine love and spiritual perfection.
Make your scars beautiful by giving your gifts to others. Freely give to others what it was you most needed in your past.
Make your scars beautiful by forgiving. Forgive others. Forgive yourself.
Make your scars beautiful by taking back your power. Don’t let the past stories define you today.
Your divine beauty can never be lost.
I’ll never forget when my beautiful Aunt Carol was terminally ill. She knew she didn’t have much time left. Near the end, we were looking at some old family photos. We came upon one of Aunt Carol in her garden with a big smile and a floppy hat. She said:
“I look pretty in this picture. I never in my life thought I was pretty.”
My heart ached. I loved her. She had always been beautiful to me.
Beauty is a spiritual quality. It’s independent of your facial features, your weight, your age, or your abilities.
“The recipe for beauty is to have less illusion and more Soul” — Mary Baker Eddy
We all know glamorous people whose actions and personalities make them ugly. We all know people who don’t fit the current standard of what’s considered pretty or handsome, but they radiate a magnetic attraction that makes them beautiful.
Beauty doesn’t come from a bottle, a procedure, or a magic potion. It radiates from who you are.
Love, kindness, compassion, curiosity…
Integrity, passion, wonderment…
Strength of character, authenticity, and vitality are some of the things that look beautiful to me.
Pay more attention to your beautiful qualities and less time worrying about what you see in the mirror. Build the beuatiful traits and qualities of your character on the inside. When you act your life driven by the beautiful character traits, you'll radiate beauty out to the world.
It's who you are, not your beauty routines and rituals that will make you look beautiful to the world. It’s Soul within you that’s beautiful. And that beauty is eternal.
all images courtesy of pixabay.com and the author.