For a time, we had three staff members named “Maria”. In order to distinguish them, we started adding a last initial … Maria B, Maria W, Maria K … and … somewhere over the course of time, Maria “B” shifted effortlessly into Maria “B”-you-teh-full for me. And it was such a perfect shift … but not for the reasons you might be thinking. In fact, I’m not sure if Maria Beautiful is clear about why I refer to her in those terms. Allow me to clear up any uncertainty. 🙂
Maria ‘B’eautiful … I fondly and affectionately refer to you as ‘beautiful’ not because of the obvious loveliness in your external packaging, but rather because I am not sure I know anyone else who actually ‘lives LOVE’ as authentically, humbly and generously as you do!! I say that because, from my humble perspective, you are so achingly beautiful in the deepest parts of your being. There is an energy of love, pure and simple, that bursts forth with every breath you take …
It has been my experience that the beauty that so effortlessly emanates from your spirit and lands brightly and brilliantly upon our interactions is very rare, very unique and so very precious. It divinely illuminates each moment into something sacred and spiritual … something beyond mere mortal description. I can’t deny that my heart has been forever shifted by the energy of unconditional acceptance and radiant love that emanates in you, around you, from you and through you. Somehow, without even trying, you always add kindling to my own internal flame when I share time with you.
And I know it is not just me who feels that divine spark in your soul generously igniting the best parts of whomever you are with. I could name names … but my intention here is not to speak for others. I just want to assure you that I know that my perception is not just mistakenly biased or errantly skewed in your favor. I know others would agree that your light-filled presence has been able to brighten even the most dismal moments. Which is not to discount or dismiss the depth of the dark moments that have descended on your own doorstep over the years. Rather, it is to honor and acknowledge the fact that these moments have not hardened your heart nor stifled your spirit. In fact, despite (or maybe because of) the challenges you have encountered on your path, whenever I think of you, a cascade of adjectives to describe you wash over me including:
- kind … very kind
- loving and loveable
Simply stated … LOVE incarnate.
Thank you for brightening my circle with a glow of all glows … with a heart that yearns to bring blessings to every soul she sees … not just the ones she loves and knows … but to EVERY single being she encounters!
I am savoring my memories of our cherished times of connection … and … looking very forward to receiving my next hug. You always know you’ve been hugged when you get a Maria Beautiful hug … the gift of her loving spirit lingers long after the embrace has been physically released.
So … beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Maria … my life, my heart and my world are so much better because of you!!
With deepest reverence for all the beauty you bring to the world … Karen xo