I knew once I started this project that my conversations would feature women who have lived. Women who have seen life, embraced challenges and become extraordinary as a result.
This is my friend Martina.
Isn't she lovely?
Stevie Wonder would think so - he would see Martina's beauty without any problems.
I would challenge any one reading this blog post to spend 10 minutes in Martina's company and not feel her power.
I experienced Martina's power one Sunday morning at Church when she asked me to help here sort the numbers for the Hymn Board - she said "you look tall to me, so you can reach the numbers and change them". Such was her force of personality, I did not even feel the need to refuse. I found her charming and just plain lovely.
Today, we had a magical conversation about her life growing up in Germany.
I told her I am going to perform in Poland in Krakow very soon. Martina then told me stories about grown up in war torn Germany, experiencing the devastation of war and bombings as a teenager. Can you imagine being a teenager living through this very difficult time?
Our conversation about my project revealed some interesting facts about how she saw herself regarding her personal beauty. She grew up feeling she wasn't beautiful compared to her friends. She also said having this point of view meant she did not experience any harassment from boys like her friends did. She decided to just get on with the job of living, dealing with life, challenges, upsets and being a good person. being strong willed, determined and a demonstration of rock solid faith.
I listened with rapt attention; she also said, "people may be beautiful to look at and just plain ugly on the inside".
This comment is the very essence of my project simply because Martina embodies the very ethos of inner beauty, generosity of spirit, compassion, service to others, contribution sharing, kindness and love.
My afternoon with her was delightful with Tea, Biscuits, Cake, Sandwiches and conversation about the true meaning of beauty.
If you are in any doubt about what true beauty looks like, study Martina's photograph. I feel very happy looking at this image because it inspires me, it makes me feel good and just joyful.
With this image, I feel I have brought glory to the living force because Martina is a wonderful divine expression of the living force in human form.