The week started off well. It was the first Monday of the school-term here in the UK, so I looked forward to ‘Opening the book’ again in the school assembly. We acted out “Jonah the Groaner”! I narrated and one of the team had made a big fish out of tubes with material draped over-top, so our Jonah could be sucked into the fish’s mouth. The kids loved it! They were laughing so much, I had to wait half a minute before carrying on with the story; I knew I wouldn’t be heard otherwise. How special. But do they know? Do they know how precious their laughter is, how beautiful they are, and did the team know how much I valued working with them?
It’s not easy to talk about beauty. Not easy to say to a friend as she stands with you at your front door: “When I spend time with you, it reminds me to appreciate life.” My friends and family are beautiful – the one I haven’t seen for ages who gives me a hug; the one who comes to my rescue when the power’s off and I’m too short to reach the trip switch; the ones who take time to phone or E-mail or talk face-to-face. Sometimes I tell them, sometimes I don’t.
It’s not easy to talk about beauty, but did an encouraging word ever do anyone any harm? This week’s “Coffee for Your Heart” prompt is to let someone know they’re beautiful just as they are. I don’t expect everyone I’ve mentioned to be reading this, but to those who are, I hope you get the message.