We walked down the tiled and cold hallway of the mall. My little daughter’s warm and soft hand was in mine.
Her feet shuffled quickly as she worked to keep up with my stride and her sweet little eyes moved from side to side as she took in our surroundings.
The lights. The mannequins in the windows dressed in strange clothes. The signs. The smells. The noise.
It was all communicating loudly to us without saying a word. It dared us to join in. “These are the things that society says are important.” it was clearly stating.
Wear the trendy clothes. Be relevant.
Spritz yourself daily with a scent created by someone you admire.
Be thin. No, be skinny.
Fit in with right crowd.
Spend. Spend. Spend.
To thine own self be true.
But, little daughters of mine, I dare you to be different. And I’ve found that being different is even more difficult than trying to be the same as everyone else.
I hold your hand today, but someday soon you’ll grow up and be gone. And so I want you to hear these things and hold them in your heart.
Wear dignity. Be full of grace.
Spritz yourself daily with gratitude, for you have been created by the One who admires you.
Be you. Be healthy.
Help those who don’t seem to fit anywhere.
Give. Give. Give.
Be humble and think of others’ needs above your own.
For these are the things that are truly important.
I dare you to be different.