“Beauty is not in the face; it is a light in the heart.”
Last week was all about the secret to powerful critical thinking; being artistic. The 18th week of this year brings us to a word that is familiar to all of us; beautiful. There are multiple industries built on helping you to become beautiful or chasing beauty. But what if the answer is to true beauty is not what you think? Are you open to an alternative source?
Career Day Fun
The past few weeks have taken me on a Career Day tour to classrooms across the Kansas City Metropolitan area. I've had the chance to hang out with some awesome students, share my Author/Illustrator Origin Story with them, and hear more about what they're interested in doing for a living. Let me tell ya, the YouTubers are coming...I heard some really cool channel ideas and I hope they follow up on them!
What was exciting to see with each class rotation was the smile on the faces of each child as they entered the room ready to find out more about what I did, or the pride they showed as they shared their dream career with me. Each visit is a reminder of the source where joy and beauty originate.
Let me explain...
A Reflective Conversation
During this morning's Career Day presentation, I was waiting for a group of kids to get settled in on the rainbow rug when I noticed one student smiling at me from ear to ear. I greeted him with a nod since they were supposed to be getting into their listening positions. He began to nod in return while still smiling wide and I could feel the words about to rise from his soul. I just wasn't entirely sure what he was going to say.
"You look happy!" he said to me.
"I am happy!" I replied in a whisper.
"You were smiling when we came in!" he continued.
"I was?" I asked in return.
I hadn't realized that I was smiling, but it didn't go unnoticed to him or any of the other students in this particular class. They all fell silent and with wide smiles, then nodded in excited agreement with this young man.
"It's so much fun to see how eager you all are to learn something new!" I said to the class aloud, no longer whispering - since they were all paying attention.
What they didn't realize is that my smile was a reflection of the joy and beauty that their hearts brought into the room as they