Thursday, February 25, 2010

Day 29: Pretty vs. Cute

Today at the gym a friend I haven't seen in a while came up to me and said, "I just have to tell you, you are a really pretty pregnant woman."

That was my Joyful Moment.

Up until a few weeks ago, I was getting compliments fairly regularly on how "cute" I am in my pregnancy. Of course, I really enjoyed that. But there is something about "pretty" that just sinks so much deeper into the joy-receiving area of my heart right now. When people say I look cute, I know it's because I have one of those basketball bellies. But when she said I looked pretty, it was like someone was noticing the rest of me too (and validating the rest of me) and that felt good. Because pregnancy hormones really mess with my complexion and I don't feel very pretty a lot of the time.

And she said this to me when I was dressed in gym clothes, completely sans make up.

And then I was reminded of this post from a while ago. And that I need to do better at dishing out compliments. And not just the easy compliments, but the sincere day-making type.

So, wishing you all Joyful Moments giving and getting fabulous compliments!


Linda said...

I think the person who said that to you was 100% right. You are always beautiful, Cheryl, inside and out. And I would know that even if I weren't your mom.

My joy today comes from something you gave to me - an interest in yoga which led to getting a yoga video you recommended which led to me doing yoga almost every weekday. I did a bit more shoveling of heavy snow than I should have yesterday, and expected to feel lots of aches as I have in the past. But I don't. And the only thing I can come up with to explain it is the yoga. THANK YOU!

Nikki said...

I agree with your mom. You've always been so beautiful.

Joy for the day - I love Fridays. My hubby and I go out for a date. That brings joy to my heart.