I am feeling incredibly, superbly and wonderfully confident. Beautiful. Self-assured. Proud.
A whispered You are so beautiful early in the morning.
A sleepy I love you, Mommy, before leaving for work.
A spoken You look too good to have had two children from an acquaintance.
A cheerful You are looking fabulous! from a colleague.
An encouraging Good for you! from a boss.
I hear these words and look in the mirror, and see what they see. I see beauty, love, achievement. I see a great hair day, clothes that flatter, confidence, pride.
The more confident I feel, the more I want other women to feel the same. So I talk a friend into going for a run. I compliment women on their outfits. I encourage a gym friend to feel proud of her hard work. All of this giving and encouraging and supporting makes me feel all the more beautiful. It's a wonderful thing.