Leslie Renovato is a an amazing woman, teacher, wife and friend.
Here are her thoughts on beauty:
When asked to send 5 photos I felt most beautiful in, I searched for selfies I felt I looked “good” in. I could not find many I liked. At that moment I thought, do I really think I’m not beautiful?
That cannot be…
I’ve had my days of insecurities but I’ve never let them dominate who I am. Then I noticed that the ones I liked were with people I care about and love.
The thought made me reflect… is beauty even about what I look like? I decided to look up the definition on dictionary.com.
Beauty is a noun. Beauty is-
the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep
satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else
(as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest).
Then the word beautiful. Beautiful is an adjective. it is-
1. having beauty; possessing qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.; delighting the senses or mind:
2. excellent of it’s kind.
That’s when I realized it… I felt most beautiful when I was surrounded by the things that brought joy, peace and pleasure to my life.
It’s my environment that brings beauty to my life. Beauty is not what you look like. It’s your ability to see, hear and realize that beauty is more than the shape of your eyes or nose, it’s about surrounding yourself with the people, things and activities that bring joy to your life. And to know that because you are different and there’s only ONE OF YOU you are EXCELLENT of your kind. We are all different. We all have different gifts and abilities. My gift, my ability is being a teacher. Being a teacher is what makes me feel beautiful within and without. Being surrounded by children is what brings joy to my life. Being surrounded by learning children that provoke joy within me causes me to feel beautiful. The gift of being a wife to my husband and being able to serve him and love him makes me feel beautiful. I am able to give to him of my gift and in return he gives of himself to me. The exchange of gifts causes an environment of love, and that love CAUSES me to feel beautiful. That is why being in God’s presence daily causes me to feel beautiful. There is a beautiful exchange in his presence of love that causes a sense of peace, joy and confidence that causes a in-explainable beauty. It’s more than a beauty you can see, but a beauty you can tangibly touch. Use your gifts, use your abilities and create an environment of beauty for someone else.
You are wonderfully and fearfully filled with GREATNESS! I support you. You are #redefiningBEAUTY!