The Beautiful You and We

Erika Petrelli
Erika Petrelli

Some weeks I turn to the words of others in absence of words of my own.

Alan Watts is always a good one for me, for that. And I recently stumbled across this one of his.  If you have seven minutes to spare, I think it's worth the time:

I invite you to grapple with this question, as I grapple with it myself:

How can you honor your own mixed-up human self, like the beautiful (and perfect) seashell that it is?

And how can you simultaneously sit in wonder at the beauty of everyone else's; understanding that collectively we make up the pinholes through which the fundamental light, our existence itself, shines through?

As so many signs have recently pointed out:  Be-YOU-tiful. Because you are beautiful.

(and you are)

(and so am I)

(and so are we)

 How can you look in the mirror, and look into the eyes of everyone you encounter, and see the piece of jewelry there, that is "beautiful beyond compare"?

Erika Petrelli

By Erika Petrelli

Erika Petrelli is the Senior Vice President of Leadership Development (and self-declared Minister of Mischief) for The Leadership Program, a New York City-based organization. With a Masters degree in Secondary Education, Erika has been in the field of teaching and training for decades, and has been with The Leadership Program since 1999. There she has the opportunity to nurture the individual leadership spirit in both students and adults across the country, through training, coaching, keynotes, and writing. The legacy Erika strives daily to create is to be the runway upon which others take flight. If you enjoy these blogs, you should check out her interactive journal, On Wings & Whimsy: Finding the Extraordinary Within the Ordinary, now available for sale on Amazon. While her work takes her all around the country, Erika calls Indiana home.