I was issued a statement once that was meant as an insult. “You look like a spoiled child”, he said. The same person said it three times on different days before I started feeling weird for not being offended. “I should really be offended”, I thought, but I genuinely wasn’t. Here’s why…

Thank God we don’t look like what we been through! – Unknown

I can never get over the beauty in this statement. The first thing you see when you look at me is not the struggle I’ve been through, it’s not the tears I’ve cried, it’s not the sleepless nights, it is the beauty that comes from God making all things new. The truth is that people will not always see how far you’ve come. Assumptions will be made about the smile you so bravely wear everyday.

“The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”
Pierre-Auguste Renoir

I have always admired people who can, in the midst of the toughest times, put on a smile and show up to face the day. I believe a smile may be one of the most subtle displays of strength. Some of the greatest warriors don’t announce it, they smile and wish you a good morning. Learn to smile, whatever you are facing will not last forever.

“And enigmatic smile is worth ten pages of dialog.”
Connie Brockway

As I was looking in the mirror one day (taken aback by my own awesomeness) I realized that all the things I have gone through and all the things I am yet to go through will not take away my glow. I don’t look like my struggles and that’s okay.