What Kind of Pretty Are You?

Katie Makkai, a veteran poetry slammer, defining the word “pretty”. This video is a little intense at times and worth watching to the very end when Katie delivers the goods! (Not appropriate for young children.)

I was looking through a magazine last weekend when my nine-year old daughter, Bella, noticed a head shot of a women in her late 60′s.

Bella said, “Wow. She is really pretty.”

I asked, “Why do you think she is pretty?”

Bella said, “She has kind eyes. I bet she’s really nice.”

I love that Bella noticed the woman in the magazine for that reason alone.

Too many people are obsessed with being physically pretty instead of cultivating intelligence, creativity, kindness, strength, authenticity, bravery, etc. Why? 

I hope my daughters know they are not merely pretty, but pretty amazing!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Coach Karen
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 08:43:42

    Thank you, Liz! With tears in my eyes, I thank you for another wonderful message. Even telling my own daughters they are pretty makes me wonder if I’m sending them the “right” message. All my children (all 5, boys and girls) are PRETTY AMAZING themselves. And THAT’S the message I hope they hold onto. Thanks again! <3

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  2. EH
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 11:05:00

    LOVE IT!

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  3. Liz
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 14:05:43

    Thank you, Karen!
    I don’t know the right answer, but I do know that I don’t want physical beauty to be a focus in our house. There are more important things in life to focus on! :)

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  4. Lisa
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 06:17:40

    Powerful! As a mother to a daughter words to remember as life should not revolve around pretty but around all the amazing things we are and do as pretty amazing women.

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