You’re pretty

I was walking into the locker room at the gym the other day when a woman passed me and said, out of the blue,

“You’re pretty.”

I did sort of a double take, thinking she was talking to someone behind me, but there was nobody there.

By the time I realized she had been talking to me, she’d turned the corner,

and disappeared.

I stood there, smiling.

There I was, in all my post-workout glory–sweaty, messy pony tail,

less than pretty–

and yet,

that’s exactly what she said I was.

It stayed with me for a while, those sweet words from a stranger.

It reminded me of the time I complimented a girl I didn’t know, even though I felt shy about it at first, 

and it reminded me of the power in reaching out.


if nobody has told you that you are pretty today,

You are.

(And it doesn’t even have anything to do with what you look like.)

Your heart, your character, your dreams, your gifts…

all unique,

all you,

all pretty.

p.s. If you haven’t told someone that they are pretty lately–your mom, sister, friend… or the stranger at the gym–go do it today,

and watch them smile.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. -Psalm 139:14


  1. I love getting compliments from strangers, as well as giving them.  There is no bias, no ulterior motive, no purpose except just to be kind.  It’s the most real and sincere type of praise.  I have received words of encouragement from strangers when I was on the brink of a major emotional meltdown.  Those words changed me.  I hope I have done the same for others.  And, Genny, you are pretty!

  2. I have never recieved any, but I try to when I remember. I especially try to say something to someone who looks like they are having a bad day.

  3. Mmmm…lovely story. :) Great reminder. I love it when people go out of their way to say something thoughtful like that. 

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