When I first heard Alessia Cara’s “Scars To Your Beautiful,”  I was starting to envision Book 4 in the new paranormal romance series I’m working on (release to begin this summer! Yay!). While all good stories feature characters with internal scars, Jinx and Nicholai’s book will really delve into the impact of our scars—how they shape our choices and how we view ourselves.

From the outside, most of us don’t show fingerprints of damage or trauma we’ve sustained, but we all have it on some level. The older I get—the more I confront my own motivations—the more I long for everyone to embrace their uniqueness. To be okay with being YOU. And to allow everyone else the same dignity and respect.

The conviction of this song’s lyrics are simple, yet meditative.

“there’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark.
You should know you’re beautiful
just the way you are.
And you don’t have to change a thing,
The world could change its heart…”

Do you ever wonder if we can’t accept others because we haven’t first accepted ourselves? Doesn’t accepting—loving—ourselves have to come first? How do we encourage others to do that? There are obviously many ways, but helping them mine their own unique gifts—whatever those might be: physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual—and then encouraging them to put them into use might be a great place to start.

When we are actively engaged in creating, sharing, doing, building, working, we are moving in the direction of finding our purpose, our reason for being. The good news is: we aren’t supposed to be the same.

We are all beautiful in fantastically unrepeatable ways. Those differences should be celebrated and respected.

Here’s to hoping ‘the world changes its heart’…one person at a time.

Penny for your thoughts? :)

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