Monday, August 30, 2010

You Are Beautiful

We were doing some grocery shopping at Target the other day. Sidebar: Yes, I am still shopping at Target. I work for a large company based in Minnesota, too. And it is entirely possible for the corporate powers-that-be and maybe even a singular power to make a decision that I have no input into and I would hate for my job to be put in peril because of the bad decision making of one. I think there is more power in communication, voting, and information. For example, Target offers health benefits to same sex partners of employees who are eligible for benefits. I like to support the LGBT people who work for Target and who continue to work for Target. I believe that those who choose to boycott should absolutely do so. For example, I have a huge list of reasons why I haven't shopped at Wal Mart in 10 years. But I don't hold any judgement against those who continue to shop there, even once they know about the practices and choices of Wal Mart. So we were shopping at Target. And Zach noticed a cardboard yellow school bus filled with apples. I stepped over to investigate and noticed the sign:

Operation Beautiful is similar to what I do with my inspirational notes via Facebook and even on this blog. Several months ago, there were some people on Facebook that wanted to tear me down for my notes. What's funny about it- I just did my little notes because I felt moved to do them. And people started to ask me when I'd do another one because they enjoyed them so much. And if I stopped for a few weeks, someone would ask when they'd see another one go up. And when I'd post one, I'd get comments and messages about how "I really needed to hear this right now." Seeing the note on the sign at Target reminded me that those notes really are important. That note wasn't written specifically for me- but I sure enjoyed seeing it. I even got out my pen and wrote a note back: "Thanks! U 2! :)" How about you? Is there something small you can do today to help someone smile? What if you participated in Operation Beautiful and left a note or shared a note with friends to let them know they are loved, they are beautiful, they are amazing? Need a simple idea that you can do that won't cost a single cent? Photobucket

15 comments:

Garret of Jim and Garret said...

It's very cool that you say that note in Target!

mimbles said...

Awwww, you guys are gorgeous and adorable together :-)

Lovely post, Liz.

Sarah said...

Very cool! I will have to check it out, love the pics, you are lovely!

Expats Again said...

Good work! Good teachers try to do this daily. Wish everyone would.

Melisa with one S said...

I LOVE this! How fun!

I would love to have found a note like that: definitely would've made me smile. :)

I might plant one today...

Amy Kalk said...

I have read/known about Operation Beautiful for awhile, but I have yet to see a sign like that in real life, so I think it's really cool that you did. And I love your Inspiration Wednesday affirmations!

Melinda said...

Love this!

Danielle said...

Super cute Liz, I love the concept!

Leticia said...

I LOVE this! I am soooooo going to do this! Yay! The best part is...the people whom may feel the need to vomit in their mouth a little bit when they see it...I don't even have to know that they had that reaction! Yay!

Liz, I love the inspirations photos (you know that) and I guess I have second guessed myself on doing one several times in recent weeks. This makes me so happy!

I'm all for making someone smile. I target the people whom are most abused. Drive thru crew, gas station attendants, etc.

Thanks once again Liz for making me smile.

Nancy C said...

I love your heart. That is all.

Huckdoll said...

I love the Operation Beautiful project and loved the post you linked talking about your notes on Facebook. It's true though! Even though those notes weren't specifically for me, just seeing them really gave me a boost.

The world truly needs more people like you, Liz!

Barnmaven said...

Operation Beautiful is a wonderful project - and I love, LOVE these pictures! They made me smile.

Momza said...

Don't stop doing what makes you happy...you have a gift for spreading kindness. We need more people like you.
hugs.

Lisa said...

Thank you Liz.

Mrs4444 said...

Super, super cute. I have a plan to try and get an Operation Beautiful kind of thing going at my school. I'll keep you posted!