True Beauty Is Found In The Connections. Celebrating Gorgeous Grandma Day – June 23

gorgeous grandmaHer smile can light up a room
Her presence is of grace
Her opinions are heard without one word
but by the look upon her face
Her touch is so gentle
Her heart as big as the moon
Her spirit is kindhearted
and warm as a summer’s afternoon
Her hair a river of gray
Her eyes radiant as the sun
Her time she’ll take no matter how long
until the work is done
Her kisses are so soft
Her hugs preferred from the rest
My granny is mine forever and ever
and she’ll always be the best
© *demecia Dean

I am blessed to have had a grandma who was a huge influence on my life.  She made me feel accepted, wanted, and truly loved.   She taught me how to sew, play cards, roller skate, and hug.  She cheered me on.  She always remembered my birthday even in the midst of the Christmas rush.  She showed me what love and partnership looked like and how to keep going even when life got a bit rough.  She could dress it up for a night out and she could get down and dirty in the garden.  And she was gorgeous.

It didn’t matter what she was wearing.  It didn’t matter if her hair was done or her lipstick was on.  Her soul and her heart were what made her truly beautiful.  I don’t know if she saw herself the way I saw her, but I hope that she knew how much she meant to me.

My sons were blessed. They had 3 great grandmas and 3 grandmas that got to share in their early years.  I hope that they remember them as being gorgeous women too.  They are young men now and I hope that I can teach them that beauty is not about what is on the outside but on the character of the soul.

These are lessons that we all need to remember.  Our worth is not about the job that we have, the goals that we achieve or the beauty of our youth.  Jobs change.  Goals change.  Looks change. 

I see young girls move through their primary and secondary school years who put on ‘airs’ and try to mould themselves into the popular image of beauty.  It is so sad that they can’t ‘hear’ the message that they don’t have to do this to be beautiful.  But it is lost in the media noise of music videos, magazine photos and Hollywood glam.

My grandma was gorgeous.  I can only hope that I can make as much of a difference in someone’s life by the time I become a grandma like her.

 

Beverly’s Hot Tips For Building Resilience By Celebrating Gorgeous Grandma Day:

  • How do you see yourself when you look in the mirror?  Do you pick out the flaws or celebrate the person who looks back at you?  Work harder at celebrating.
  • Tell the gorgeous women in your life what you see when you look at them.  Don’t describe their physical beauty, but what you see that radiates from their heart or the positive impact that they have on those around them.
  • If you have young girls and women in your life – daughters, nieces etc., help them to see that beauty is not found in a product or in the clothes that they buy.

 

Grandma…if you get to see this as you look over your family….you were amazing…and truly gorgeous!

 

If you have some strategies to share – comment on this posting!

 

Additional Resources:

Let It Go Day

What You Think Grows Day

Exploring Emotional Wellness

Less Thank Perfect Day

Be Electrific Day

Transform Your Thinking

Compliment Your Mirror Day

Celebrate Healthy Aging

Stress and Healthy Aging

 

 

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Written by Beverly Beuermann-King

Building Resiliency Through Stress and Wellness Strategies. Stress and resiliency strategist, Beverly Beuermann-King, CSP, translates current research and best practices information into a realistic, accessible and more practical approach through her dynamic stress and wellness workshops, on-line stress and resiliency articles, books, e-briefs and media interviews.

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