On our way to an evening event last week, my husband and I passed a long line of girls on a field trip, probably around 10 or 11 years old. One of them said I looked pretty and that she liked my outfit. A few more girls chimed in, too.
I thanked them and walked away with such a smile on my face.
Those girls took the opportunity to lift up a total stranger. I was so proud of their boldness and their example.
At a time when magazines and other media portray a deranged sense of beauty and self-worth, it is up to each of us to encourage each other kindly. It only takes a simple comment, a positive word.
In that vein, after several passes by this magazine that was left on our kitchen table, I got tired of the idea of anyone being TORTURED BY HER BODY. What a crappy message to plant in the psyches of ourselves and our children.
So, I re-wrote the message. I like this one better:
Pass it on...
(For more girl power, check out Amy Poehler's Smart Girls at the Party.)