You’re Beautiful!…Yes, YOU!

by Lance Ekum on · 98 comments

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“Smile. Life is beau­ti­ful, and so are you.” ~ Unknown

What is beau­ti­ful, anyway?

Really.  What is it?

Think about that.  How would you describe the word beau­ti­ful?  (hint: I believe it’s personal)

Okay.

Now, how about YOU?  Look in the mir­ror.  (I’ll wait)  And while you are there…tell your­self that you ARE beautiful!

Because YOU ARE!

We all shine beauty out into this world…in our own unique ways.  Do you see that when you look into the mir­ror?  Do you?  Or do you see some­thing else?

Because it’s easy to have some dis­torted view of what beau­ti­ful really is…

Have you seen it?  Images that define beauty.  Images…that are not you.

Images in mag­a­zines.  Com­par­isons with others…leading to images in your head.  Words that remind you…you are not good enough, not beau­ti­ful enough…not enough.

STOP!

You ARE beau­ti­ful, amaz­ing, spec­tac­u­lar, and filled with your own won­der­ful wisdom!

You really are!

I AM BEAUTIFUL!  <– say that…right now…to YOU.

Each one of us has, within us, our very own beau­ti­ful gift of love and light. 

You are beautiful.

Note: This post was inspired, after read­ing the book “Oper­a­tion Beau­ti­ful”, by Caitlin Boyle.  Caitlin, who also runs the web­site Oper­a­tion Beau­ti­ful, writes about how she began a move­ment that started by sim­ply writ­ing the words “You are beau­ti­ful” on a piece of scrap paper in a pub­lic bath­room, and then hang­ing that note on the mir­ror.  In doing this, two things hap­pened.  She left a won­der­ful mes­sage for some­one else to read (an anony­mous act of car­ing), and she her­self felt uplifted just in doing this.

Three words.

You are beautiful.

Three words that touched two lives (at least) that day…and count­less oth­ers as this move­ment has gained momen­tum (and car­ing love) since then!

Three words.

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!

Feel that.  Feel that…deep within you.

What are your three words?  Your five words?  Your sen­tence?  What words can you share — words that will touch both the per­son receiv­ing them…and you?

Go forth!

Be sneaky.  Be obvi­ous.  Have fun.  Laugh.  Shed a few tears. Touch an emo­tion within you.…

My words to you (and to me):

YOU ARE AMAZING!

“When I was 5 years old, my mom always told me that hap­pi­ness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy.” They told me I didn’t under­stand the assign­ment and I told them they didn’t under­stand life.” ~ Unknown

Lance writes sto­ries from his heart, aim­ing to inspire and moti­vate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he’s not here, you can find him hang­ing out with his fam­ily, rid­ing a bike, or just gen­er­ally act­ing goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Tree­house newslet­ter and get addi­tional inspi­ra­tion in your email inbox!
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Jules - Big Girl Bombshell August 31, 2010 at 7:42 am

Yes,,,,You are AWESOME too!
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Lance August 31, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Jules,
You shine beautiful in so many ways! Thanks for being here!

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Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) August 31, 2010 at 7:43 am

Lance, You know who else is beautiful? Y-O-U!

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Lance August 31, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Joanna,
Right back atcha, beautiful friend!!! YOU shine…always!

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Rayna August 31, 2010 at 7:54 am

When I was in school, a classmate once described me as the ugliest girl in the class, and for many years I hugged that idea close to my chest. Luckily, I knew I was also the most intelligent child in the class, and I genuinely convinced myself that brains were more important than beauty, and that I had those. My self esteem was fine, as was my self-confidence, BUT, I was always tongue tied in the company of physical beauty.
My husband always told me I was pretty, but I never listened to him, but when I had kids and they started telling me I was beautiful, I began believing them. And guess what, I am.

Great post. And I will pass on the love.

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Lance August 31, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Rayna,
Reading your comment, I’m reminded of another book I read recently – “The Four Agreements”, by Don Miguel Ruiz. The second agreement really touches upon this – and the concept that what others say – it’s really about them, and not you. As a child, though, that’s not an easy concept to grasp. Words can hurt.
Rayna, know that you ARE BEAUTIFUL, and you are filled with love and kindness. And our world is blessed by your presence…

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ClinicallyClueless August 31, 2010 at 8:06 am

I really liked this post and it soooo reminded me of Carole King’s song “Beautiful,” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w4DFsw0N-c I even purchased a ridiculously priced mug with some of the lyrics on it. I hope you enjoy this.

Be Well,
CC
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Lance August 31, 2010 at 8:37 pm

CC,
Thank you so much for sharing that Carole King song…the words are just so fitting for this message today.
CC, you shine all sorts of wonderful into our world!

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Naomi Estment August 31, 2010 at 8:21 am

Right back at you, AMAZING Lance! Thank you for your unfailing ability to lift the spirit :-)
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Lance August 31, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Naomi,
As I think you already know…I happen to think you are all sorts of sweet!!

And…Naomi…you are an amazing and beautiful soul, and you have touched me deeply with your love! Keep shining your awesome!!

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Karl Staib - Work Happy Now August 31, 2010 at 9:48 am

We have such great power if we embrace it. That means not letting the fear, negative thoughts, and negative people get to us. This takes hard work. I know that I fall trap to all three of these things.

The only way we can really change how we look at ourselves is by creating daily habits that support positive thoughts. We need to practice at self love, so eventually we see the benefits are more attractive than the negative.

By encouraging ourselves to stay positive we create new neural pathways that lock in a more confident way of viewing ourselves.
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Lance August 31, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Karl,
Ahh…yes, there can certainly be things/people that may attempt to bring us down. As I mentioned to Rayna above, this reminds me very much of a book I’ve been reading – “The Four Agreements”, by Don Miguel Ruiz – and how these negative thoughts/actions – they are not about us, they are about the ones saying it. I know…as easy as that is to say here, fully believing that – in the moment – can definitely be more of a challenge.

…all part of our journey…

Karl, you – my friend – embody awesome and amazing!!! Keep letting your beautiful soul shine!

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DareToBecome August 31, 2010 at 11:34 am

I so loved this. I never see beauty from the outside ever. I see beauty internally. Love, love, love this. Has me singing “What the world….needs now….is love….sweet love”.
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Lance August 31, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Lori,
Love! It’s a wonderful thing! And – Lori – I know how much LOVE you shine out into our world! You are beautiful…through and through!

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Yum Yucky August 31, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Thank you for this, Lance. And I think this beauty you speak of displays itself in outwards acts of Love (the God kind of Love) towards others. I think true beauty and Love go hand in hand.
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Lance August 31, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Josie,
Since we’re talking LOVE…do you know what I love about you? I LOVE your playful attitude and crazy antics! You are so FUN! And in that – your beauty shines through like the brightest of sun shiny days!!

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Lynn August 31, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I love the story about the note on the mirror. I might just borrow that idea and hope it makes someone’s day like that. You are so awesome, Lance, for your positivity. Thank you.
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Lance August 31, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Lynn,
The note on the mirror….how easy is that, anyway!!

And Lynn, you are so super sweet – thank you! And know that you are an amazing and beautiful soul…and I’m blessed by your presence here…

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Tess The Bold Life August 31, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Hi Lance,
I’m familiar with the website but didn’t read the book. What an awesome message you have today and that quote is the best! You are beautiful as well! Gotta go…drink my beauty in;
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Lance August 31, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Tess,
You are beautiful is so many amazing ways…and the more I know you, the more I see just how true this is…

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Chris Edgar August 31, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Now that’s some bathroom graffiti that would be a welcome sight! :) Spending some time looking in the mirror, for me, can actually be a challenging but ultimately rewarding experience, because it helps me to see what’s really going on for me in that moment.

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Lance September 1, 2010 at 5:14 am

Chris,
Ha!!! Bathroom graffiti!! What a great spin on this – and really…on bathroom graffiti! What will we choose to be in this world? A vibration of positivity and love…or something quite opposite?

Chris, your words always uplift and touch upon gratitude. And that is such a wonderful, wonderful gift.

You are AWESOME!!

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Erin S. August 31, 2010 at 4:14 pm

What an uplifting message today. Thanks.

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Lance September 1, 2010 at 5:15 am

Hi Erin!
So good to see you here! Keep shining your amazing light into the world!

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Evita August 31, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Hi Lance

Awesome energy in this post and yes, let us all shout it from the roof tops “I am beautiful”!

And the truth is, we really, really are. Let us no longer continue to shy away from those words or deny them. Let us all embrace our beauty and shine it onto this world brightly!
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Lance September 1, 2010 at 5:18 am

Hi Evita,
“I am beautiful!!” <– I just shouted that out!

We are. ALL of us!

And, Evita – that beauty that is YOU…it comes so deeply from within your soul. And in that, you touch others deeply with your love. What a beautiful gift that is! What a beautiful gift YOU ARE!

Your magnificent light shines beautifully….

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Caroline August 31, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Oh now…that was nice to hear. Thanks for sharing…one can never hear those words enough.

xoxo
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Lance September 1, 2010 at 5:19 am

Caroline,
You know what…I’m going to say it once more:
You’re beautiful!!

You really are, Caroline…and that is a beauty goes to the depths of your being…and one that has touched me with love….

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Farnoosh August 31, 2010 at 6:15 pm

I keep asking my husband to say it but forget that – I will start saying it ;)!
No, just kidding – I say this all the time, I have no issues with self-confidence but I know what you mean here in the inside beauty – all over beauty – all the time beauty – unconditional beauty and I love it Lance, you beautiful friend! :)
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Lance September 1, 2010 at 5:21 am

Farnoosh,
Ha!!! See! You are beautiful AND funny…and just simply amazing!!

And the beauty I see in you…it’s coated in LOVE…and what a truly beautiful gift into this world that is…

You are AWESOME!!

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FatFighterTV August 31, 2010 at 10:56 pm

I love that happiness quote. Those people did NOT get life, did they?

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Lance September 1, 2010 at 5:23 am

Sahar,
Hey, it’s my FUN and BEAUTIFUL friend!! Woo-hoo!!

Happiness…something you exude beautifully…something you DO get!!

Have an amazing day….awesome friend!!

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Sangita August 31, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Hi Lance,
“ACTION and REACTION are always EQUAL and OPPOSITE”. I know that’s the Newton’s third Law.” I think two interrelated events come into the picture here: I hear someone saying me, “YOU ARE AMAZING” (ACTION) and then in just a few second it brings my expressions to a good change (REACTION), showing I really loved what you said.” It’s a natural process that on having heard something good about self, we feel the happiest moment of the time. Quite a good thought, “You are beautiful”. What joy it can spread in just few seconds, it can be one of the little but finest act you can do…Loved your idea of sharing the three little words, ” YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL” for I consider beauty not only dwells in your look but how beautiful you are at your heart.
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Lance September 1, 2010 at 9:04 am

Sangita,
It’s great to “meet” you!

And there’s so much there in what you’ve shared – when the actions we put out are filled with vibrations of love…the reaction from others is very much filled with love, too! And to think – it can be something as simple as a few words (even scratched on a piece of paper and left somewhere) that can create a ripple effect!

You…are beautiful!!! Keep letting your heart shine!

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Emergefit August 31, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Funny, I was just discussing this with someone the other day; a teenage girl. She constantly looks in the mirror; hair, makeup, clothing, jewelry, etc. must be checked. I asked her,

“How often to you just stop at a mirror and just look into your eyes?” I asked her.

Really, that’s all that matters. I mean, if beauty can’t be seen there, how will accessories help…?

Thank you Lance!
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Lance September 1, 2010 at 9:06 am

Roy,
Ahhh…teenagers…that age where looks (and perhaps even more…the comments of others) can play a crucial role in self-esteem.

What a great thing you did!! Looking into our own eyes…really looking…it’s like a glimpse into our soul…

And yours, my friend…it shines!!

Keep living the AWESOME!!!

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Suzie Cheel August 31, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Love this- didn’t know about the book. Operation beautiful Lance. I now think I will carry a pad of post-it starting today and leave that message, “I am beautiful”yes we do need to remind onself and putting a sign up is a great reminder- thank you for your awesomeness.

Love
Suzie
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Lance September 1, 2010 at 9:08 am

Suzie,
It’s so easy, isn’t it!! A simple note left in some unsuspecting place. And who knows how those words might touch another (and ripple out from there)!

Suzie, you shine your beautiful soul always…and in that, my soul is touched by your presence…

What a beautiful gift you are in this world!

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BLOOMING PARIS/ Jenn September 1, 2010 at 12:51 am

Hi Lance! It is so good to be here, and I am smiling at today’s topic! ;)
I love it! So important to see our soul when we look in the mirror, isn’t it! It seems silly that we should see anything else before it…
I love what you shared about how we all shine beautiful in unique ways. This is so gorgeous and I do believe this wholeheartedly, though I admit it took some time.
Most of my life, I told myself I was ugly in the mirror, but I don’t do that so much anymore..
I understand who I am now — so much deeper, on this level and it is Reserved with Great Favor.
I think if I could leave a note for anyone today.. it would be along that lines..
To know that We are each given a position of This Favor.
there is no competition.
There is plenty of favor, though each reservation is intimate from Divine Source.
So I invite others to join in and embrace who they are.
Gushing wellsprings from the heart is what makes us beautiful! I am learning to go deeper to not only catch the FLOW but to live, love, and remain in This Presence and to be Held.
the vessel becomes beautiful… after the soul is recognized.
Thank you for this gorgeous post, and as always for sharing from your heart!
hugs, Jenn
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Lance September 1, 2010 at 9:13 am

Jenn,
Big, big hugs right back atcha!

The vision we have of ourselves…it is sometimes distorted, isn’t it. Perhaps we see “ugly”, or “not good enough”, or “inferior”, or “not liked”, or a myriad of other lies. And the truth is – we are all beautiful and amazing beings.

Jenn, you are such a beautiful soul…and the love you shine out into the world is filled with such deep care. It’s an honor to call you a dear friend…

Keep shining your beautifully bright and loving light….

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Colleen September 1, 2010 at 1:07 am

Very good Lance. We all need to have a positive self image. Beautiful, is aptly put. Have ya ever noticed the folks who cause the greatest negative commotion in life are simply not at peace with themselves.

You are beautiful Lance! :)
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Lance September 1, 2010 at 9:15 am

Colleen,
Thank you for sharing what you have. The negative thoughts we have, yes – there is a lack of personal peace in that space. When we move more toward an internal peace…we more fully connect with our own beauty.

Colleen, it is so wonderful to have you here! Your beautiful soul shines through is so many amazing and wonderful ways! …and it is an honor having you here…

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Jannie Funster September 1, 2010 at 6:50 am

Dearest Lancie, this reminds me of one day when Kelly and I were heading out for a sleep-over with friends. So Jim wouldn’t feel so lonely in our absence, I put love notes all around the house like “You are so handsome” on the bathroom mirror, “Have a nice bath” on the faucets, “Love you” and You are awesome” in a bunch of places, etc. etc.

This post also reminds me that beauty is within, how much I like your blog, and what an exemplary human you are!!

Keep up the beauty work!

xo
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Lance September 1, 2010 at 9:18 am

Dearest Jannie,
What a sweet, sweet thing to do for your Jimmy!

I happen to believe that you operate from this place of gratitude and love…ALWAYS!!

Jannie, your soul shines beauty in some loving and fun ways! You ARE BEAUTIFUL!! And…I am touched by the grace of your sweet, sweet words…

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rob white September 1, 2010 at 9:55 am

Hi Lance,
I love the sentiment. We can’t remind ourselves enough. The more we understand our beautiful authentic nature, the greater contribution we become to the world at large
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Lance September 1, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Rob,
Yep! This is a message worth repeating to ourselves…over and over again! When we truly connect with the belief that we ARE awesome and beautiful…then we can more fully shine our own amazing light out into the world.

Rob…your light is bright and beautiful!

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Keith September 1, 2010 at 11:00 am

Hello Lance,

Thank you for this encouraging article. Why is it so hard for us to realize our own value sometimes? Each and every human on this planet is a beautiful person, and through our loving actions we can make sure they know! I learn so much from your blog and it hjelps to equip me to do just that, and I thank you.

Heck Lance, you’re a beautiful person too!!
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Lance September 1, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Keith,
It’s like there’s a little voice in our head that tries to take over sometimes….telling us we’re not good enough, not thin enough, not special enough…not enough. And the truth is…we all have amazing and beautiful qualities that are within us. Seeing them, believing in them…what a wonderful place to be!

Keith, your friendship is amazing…and you truly are a beautiful person, too! Shine on!!

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Hilary September 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Hi Lance .. wonderful idea .. and something I really need just now – the make up covers the bags and I look ok .. but I feel the wear and tear of the last few years – but to be told I look great is wonderful (even if the warpaint is covering up the lines et al!!)

Smile – I’m happy .. great to be here .. I know I’m beautiful – your’e wife too .. you … well … yea not so bad?!! Cheers Hilary
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Lance September 1, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Hey Hilary,
Ha!! Yep, I try!!

And you…you ARE beautiful and amazing…and a complete joy to have here…always! And that is something that is so much deeper than any makeup…it’s you..from the inside…shining beautifully out into the world!

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Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord September 1, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Incredible how easy it is to slip into moments of forgetting our innate beauty. I find that beauty is, indeed, in the eye of the beholder. When my heart is open, I see beauty everywhere, including in the mirror. When my heart is overshadowed by my fearful mind, I miss beautiful opportunities…

Lance, as others have said, YOU are BEAUTIFUL! Inside & out.

xoxo,
Megan
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Lance September 1, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Megan,
I know! A reminder (like this…or whatever works for each of us personally) can be just what we can use sometimes…to take us back to that place where life is grand and beautiful.

Megan…sweet, sweet friend…thank you for your beautifully caring words. And…in those words, I see what I always see in you…your beautiful soul shining out, touching others, and making our (my) world so, so much better. You are a gift. A beautiful gift of love…

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Gail Brenner (AFlourishingLife) September 1, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Hi Lance,

I cannot look in anyone’s eyes and not see their beauty. It’s not personal, it’s not physical. The light in each of us recognizes itself, going straight to the heart.
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Lance September 1, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Hi Gail,
And as I read your words here this evening, I very much feel the beauty from your soul…reaching out an touching mine. And that is a beautiful gift…one that I treasure.

Much peace to you…in this wonderful gift of love you offer to the world…YOU…

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Audra Krell September 1, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Love this inspirational post! My husband and I go out to dinner a lot, so I like someone’s idea above about carrying post-it notes. I could make the messages in advance and just stick them right on the mirrors! I was going to say the same thing many others did, so I will, you are AWESOME Lance, and beautiful too. Love the way God made you.
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Lance September 1, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Audra,
There you go…you and the husband-man…out spreading lots of love and joy (hint: I am pretty sure you already ARE doing this)!!

And here’s the deal…you see what’s reflecting from your amazing soul (and that is so much love and beauty). Audra, you have become a special and wonderful friend…and that’s really because your heart is so beautifully YOU. I’m honored to have you here. Even more than that, though – it is such an honor to call you friend…beautiful, amazing, love-filled friend…

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Lauren September 1, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Dear Lance,

Here you are again giving us warm, oozing, uplifting LOVE! I love it.

Yes, I am beautiful. Me! You. We.

I love the story of the 5-year old.

Thanks for reminding us of who we really are!

Love,
Lauren
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Lance September 1, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Lauren,
Your words are so filled with love, care, and beauty! Thank YOU!

You ARE beautiful and amazing, and so filled with love! And like that 5 year old, I both want that too…to be happy…and I see that so deeply within you.

And that is a gift here….your joy…

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Jean Burman September 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Hi Lance

This is such a simple message… and so very… [what's the word?]… BEAUTIFUL! [grin]

I had been feeling a bit overwhelmed by words lately. There are so many of them out there. All seemed to be screaming the same empty message. … until then there was THIS.

Lance… in this Jungle of Life you have a unique message.

Thank you for keeping it simple.

Thank you for saying what you said in such a BEAUTIFUL way.

And Thank You for allowing us a moment or two to bask in the warmth of knowing what we already knew somewhere deep down inside… we are all BEAUTIFUL… [and unique] in our own special way.

:-)

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Lance September 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Jean,
It’s great to have you here!

(grin)…that word beautiful…it’s so prevalent here this week (and I’m loving it!!)

Jean, you shine your amazing and beautiful soul into this world…and I feel that so deeply as I read your words today….words that reach right to my soul. See, I know that feeling of overwhelm – and I also know that it’s easy to try and mask that sometimes, to put up a front…while inside the overwhelm is still going strong. So, your saying it here – that is truly a gift. And I’m honored that you shared it…as that also opens up in me…the even deeper belief of how truly connected we all are…

You are beautiful!

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Jean Burman September 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Thanks so much Lance :-)

Just to clarify… this particular brand of overwhelm was coming from my inbox. Too many words bombarding in from the cybersphere. All with the same tired and overworked message. That’s why it was such a joy to open Jungle of Life. So fresh. So honest. So kind [and so free of 16 point plans and how to's] From today I am cutting down to a few favorites. I feel better already… [and more able to hear myself think] Thanks again for being authentic. It’s something I strive for as well… and value more than anything. Authenticity is such an essential attribute in the circle of life here on the net.

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Lance September 2, 2010 at 7:08 am

Jean,
Thanks so much for coming back! And…for the clarification. Overwhelm, it can come in many forms. I understand about that inbox overwhelm. In fact, I’ve recently been taking the time (as hard as that seems sometimes) and really organizing my inbox (including unsubscribing from those things which no longer hold value).

Your words here really do mean so much to me…thank you once again for so honestly sharing. What a true gift that is!

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Amy MacLeod September 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Your work has ‘beautiful soul’ written all over it, Lance.
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Lance September 1, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Amy,
I want you to know how much I treasure the words you have written here…they mean so much on this journey I’m on. Amy, your soul shines through so amazingly bright, and your beauty touches directly to my soul. Much peace to you…

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Jody - Fit at 52 September 1, 2010 at 6:40 pm

I totally LOVE that last quote along with this post!!!! You are amazing Lance.. such great & learning here!!!! I try … in terms of the above but a work in progress.

Short story.. was out with a friend today. A young lady, early 20′s, was at the table across from me.. beautiful & natural… hardly any make up but just fresh & pretty. When we got up, I told her that I though how pretty she was with this natural beauty… I hope I made the rest of her day happy!!!

PS: I am stealing that quote to share!!! ;-)
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Lance September 1, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Jody,
You…are sweet, beautiful, and amazing! Thank YOU!!

And – that story you’ve shared – while you’ll probably never know the full impact of it…I am sure that what you did – that was such a gift (no matter where she was personally on her own beliefs of herself). And that all just shines to the amazing beauty you give!!

Jody…you are so filled with beauty and caring compassion…and that is such a wonderful thing!

(and I love that quote too…enjoy it!!)

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Joy September 1, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Hi Lance,
Wow! *You* are beautiful and awesome! And you reflect that to us all–thank you!
This reminds me of the Christina Aguilera song “Beautiful”…”you are beautiful in each and every way”..
I revel in Beauty..of All around me..let it soak in and fill my heart..I share that Beauty..and I *am* that Beauty..
I agree with Evita…let’s sing it from the rooftops..perhaps the next Levity micro-movement *grin*
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Lance September 1, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Joy,
You know…as I think of both you and this piece here today…I just feel that this IS YOU! Joy, you shine such positivity and uplifting love into the universe…and that is your beautiful soul shining out brightly into the world! That I am somehow touched by this…what a dear gift…

Singing beautifullness out from the rooftops!! What a GREAT idea!! (…and perhaps that COULD be a Levity Project micro movement!!)

Shine on, amazing friend!

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Christopher Foster September 1, 2010 at 8:36 pm

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” someone once said. A Brit named Keats possibly but I could be wrong. We have more power than we think, don’t we Lance? Power not only to absorb beauty from someone else or from Nature in a needy kind of way but to actually add beauty to our world because it’s in our own eye first. Thanks Lance.

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Lance September 1, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Christopher,
Ah yes…the eye of the beholder. What we see within, we project.

We most definitely have more power than we fully realize. It’s easy, in the business of daily life, to forget how truly amazing and beautiful we are. When we do see that within ourselves, though…and really and honestly connect with that – we then shine it out into the world…from a very heart-centered place. And that is truly a gift!

Christopher…you shine your beautiful soul so, so wonderfully! I’m blessed by all that you share…that comes from a deeper part of YOU!

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Clearly Composed September 1, 2010 at 9:42 pm

This post is beauty~full…as are all the lovely people who took the time to leave their words here. Full of beauty…beautiful. It is a charming little word with such a pretty sound. beeeeeeee-uuuu-ttttttttt. I dig how you think, share and celebrate beauty. :) I feel cuter inside for just havin’ stopped by. *lol*
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Lance September 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Emma,
So wonderful having you here tonight!

That word – I love how you’ve highlighted it’s charm! Beautiful!! So love-filled!

And that cuteness of yours…Emma…that is truly your amazing and beautiful soul shining outward. Which, I know…is something you do with such heart. And that adds wonderful goodness to my life…

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Andrea DeBell - britetalk September 1, 2010 at 10:42 pm

I’m feeling beautiful already! It’s very powerful to acknowledge our own beauty and the beauty in others. It starts with us recognizing this inner radiance so that it can then overflow into the world as we recognize this radiance in others as well.

Random acts of kindness like the words in the bathroom mirror are such a gift to the world. Sometimes we get so caught up in our lives that we forget to give kindness unconditionally.

Loving blessings!
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Lance September 2, 2010 at 7:11 am

Andrea,
You ARE beautiful!!

Ahh…so, so true. We get wrapped up in the “daily” of our lives. And in that – we don’t take the time to really connect with our own beauty. And as you have said so well, when we do this – it just so naturally leads to us seeing that in others (like a beautiful circle of life that just keeps on giving!).

Keep sharing that gorgeous smiles of yours…

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bern September 1, 2010 at 11:26 pm

There is Beauty is connecting with the person or object that is our mirror.
There is Beauty in seeing beneath the surface to that which glows and broadcasts a song to the world.
There is Beauty in feeling something for what it Is, and not what we think it to be.
Beauty is the spark that ignites when we enter into the portal of Love.
There is beauty in the opening of a once locked or hidden door.
Their is beauty in the releasing of tension.
Building a bridge is beautiful.
Everything is Beautiful when we still the Mind and Open the Heart.
Everyone is indeed Beautiful.

And Lance, you are so beautiful to Know and Live and to experience beauty as you connect to your friends and extended family. You radiate beauty wherever you go, because you bring smiles and a sense of kinship to all those you touch. You know how to let go and let beauty carry you to where we are all a family of One. Thanks for the beginning of a beautiful friendship as my once blocked heart begins to melt.

…..We Are Alive…..
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Lance September 2, 2010 at 7:15 am

Bern,
What you have shared….it is just so moving. This is all so deeply good. And in that – it’s the essence of your being shining through!
“There is Beauty in feeling something for what it Is, and not what we think it to be.” ~ this line especially resonated with me. When we get too much into our head, we lose sight of what truly IS our essence, and instead get caught up in preconceived beliefs. And that takes us away from our true center…and from the beauty that is within us.

Bern, your soul shines through in these words today so beautifully. And that is YOU, connecting with YOUR heart…and in that – sharing your amazing and love-filled light with the world.

It is an honor to have you here, beautiful friend…

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Davina September 2, 2010 at 1:10 am

After reading this post I’d have to say “beautiful is a feeling”. There’s a LOT of enthusiasm here, Lance. I wouldn’t expect anything else from you :-) Go forth, be sneaky, have fun… laugh. Yep. That’s you…. and me, lol.
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Lance September 2, 2010 at 7:16 am

Davina,
Hey there – sneaky, fun-loving, beautiful friend!! We SHALL go forth…sharing our love with the world!!

And you…Davina…shine that so beautifully!! Rock on!

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HappinessandWisdom September 2, 2010 at 7:40 pm

It is so important to remind people of their beauty and their perfection. If they realized that, 99% of what troubles them would disappear. I hope people were taking this to heart while reading!
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Lance September 3, 2010 at 9:47 am

HappinessandWisdom,
If even for a moment…that whoever reads this is somehow touched…then it is so worth it. Even a glimpse into our amazing self…it is such a wonderful thing. I believe there’s hope in that, and in knowing…even if so slightly…that we are magnificent beings!

…just as you are…

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Katie September 3, 2010 at 6:40 am

Ah, I do feel beautiful after reading your lovely post. It’s amazing and poignant how much this post resonates with so many of your readers. Love the quote at the end. I was that kid, who blew out her candles and wished for only one thing … happiness. You are beautiful, Lance.
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Lance September 3, 2010 at 9:49 am

Katie,
You ARE beautiful!! And you are filled with so much amazing and awesome love! (something I sense very much from you…)

And that happiness that is what you’ve wanted since childhood…Katie…you very much embody this! I find such joy and real happiness in your words…and what a gift that is!

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Michelle @ Following Your Joy September 3, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Hi Lance!

Thank you. Thank you for taking the time to recognize all of us and ‘see’ us for who we are. What a gift! Kinda cool – I’m working with a musician today on promoting his song with the same message, using different words. Stay tuned!

The phrase that seems to resonate with me is “I am perfect.” Not in an unattainable ‘perfectionist’ sense, but in an “I’m perfect just the way God made me and just the way I am” sense. Guess it’s the same as being beautiful, too. :)

Thanks for your friendship and for cheering all of us on. You are beautiful and perfect, too!

Peace,
Michelle

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Lance September 4, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Hi Michelle,
You…are a gift!! And, you ARE beautiful!

So, you are working with a musician…very cool! I’m looking forward to see what you two are working on.

God has made each of us as unique and amazing beings. And in that, we ARE perfect. And that truly is beautiful!

Namaste,
Lance

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Patricia September 3, 2010 at 5:02 pm

One thing I have never doubted about myself is that I am beautiful….and when someone is willing to spend a bit of time with me, they usually leave feeling more beautiful about themselves…

I am going to add the note on the mirror suggestion to my journey….heaven knows it would make my trips to that destination much more fun!

wonderful post and sharing Thank you
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Lance September 4, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Patricia,
What a wonderful thing!! YOU…seeing that beauty within you, and with that….your light reaches out and touches others…sharing that beautifulness with all those who know you!

Patricia, you truly ARE beautiful. And if perhaps you start to leave a few notes on your journeys…you’ll be reaching in such amazing ways.

Thank you so much for all you do to share you love…

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jonathanfigaro September 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm

We are all imperfect. With our imperfection we create our perfections. And this right here my friends is BEAUTY within itself!

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Lance September 4, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Jonathan,
Imperfect. Each of us. And in that…truly we are perfect.

And that truly is beautiful!

Keep shining your AWESOME!

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angel Stone September 4, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Lance!

This is a good one. I think I’m going to steal that idea and start putting up inspiring notes in bathrooms. We all could use more POSITIVE notes in our lives.

And I love your final words, “be sneaky”. I’m going to be sneaky about trying to be as happy as I can. It’s a struggle with all the stresses of life but it is possible. After all, I AM beautiful. :)

Thanks for this
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Lance September 5, 2010 at 5:25 am

Angel,
Hey there, sneaky-awesome-crazy-fantabulous friend!!! You are so, so right – you ARE beautiful!!

And that “sneaky” part….I’m picturing a little grin on your face right now, as I envision you going out and doing this! (…and that grin…it fits you so well!!)

Here’s to getting your “sneaky” on…very amazing one…

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Vincent Nguyen September 4, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder.

Thank you for the reminder Lance.

We all can use positive reminders to help us:
-Break free
-Be more “Me”
-Love more
-Appreciate more

Have a wonderful long weekend my friend
:-D
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Lance September 5, 2010 at 5:27 am

Vincent,
And that’s it – when we give others reminders (like an anonymous note on a mirror…or a hug…or whatever) – we help them to more deeply see their own amazing beauty. It’s more than that, too – when we do this, we also see the beauty within ourselves that much more deeply, too! And that is all very awesome!

…awesome…now there’s a great word to describe YOU!! Vincent…keep shining your awesome…always!!

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Adrenalynn September 6, 2010 at 8:17 am

Aaargh! this is one of those things… that’s hard to deal with for me. I am SO good at seeing beauty in others, I think, and I like to think I’m good at helping people see that in themselves as well. But myself?! That’s different. Very different… I suddenly get so superficial when I look at myself in the mirror and I remember all the hurtful stuff from growing up, even knowing that’s not what defines me! Super hard!! Thanks for this amazing post, Lance. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!
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Lance September 6, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Lynn…
Okay, here’s the deal: {I KNOW this is true} YOU completely rock the beautiful boat!! You do…and it’s you…deeply (does it ever feel that way for you?) (well…it is!) You just have this way of making life FUN! Even in what might seem like the “daily grind”, it’s the way you see that…so, so amazing!!

Anyway…you, sweet friend…are indeed beautiful and amazing (and just simply super-FUN!)!!!

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Adrenalynn September 8, 2010 at 3:08 am

I am so going to say this to myself every morning: I ROCK THE BEAUTY BOAT!! How will that NOT put a smile on my face? Thanks for speaking awesome words into my life, Lance! I hereby feel very inspired to make this day FUNFUNFUN!!
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J.D. Meier September 6, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I like it … lead with your beauty from the inside out.
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Lance September 6, 2010 at 3:30 pm

JD,
That’s it!! When we shine our deep and true colors…that IS beauty!!

Very awesome…just like YOU!

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