I first heard of Operation Beautiful about a year ago. For anyone who isn’t familiar with it, Operation Beautiful, originated by Caitlin Boyle*, is about people leaving positive notes for someone else to find. Something to brighten someone else’s day, give them a boost, and help them remember they are beautiful and worthy, just as they are. In addition to the notes, it is also about keeping the focus positive when regarding ourselves and others.
I think it’s a very nice idea. Sometimes a small gesture can make a big difference to someone. A smile. A friendly word. We should use our words and actions to encourage and build each other up, but all too often people tear each other down instead. Operation Beautiful is all about encouraging and building up, and I think that’s a beautiful thing, indeed.
I have a daughter and a son. From the time my daughter (my first child) was born, people would comment on how pretty or cute she was. I agree, she was (and is) a pretty/cute child. AND she is smart. AND she is strong. AND she is kind. You see where I’m going with this? I have tried to emphasize to both my children all along that what a person looks like is not as important as how a person behaves, whether a person is kind to others, and so on. (Likewise, the foods we eat and activities we participate in help us care for our bodies, help us to be healthy and strong. The focus is not on weight or looks.)
A few months ago, I saw this creative eye chart from Operation Beautiful.
I thought it was clever and positive, and I thought maybe my children would enjoy something like that. I printed and put up two copies of the eye chart: one on my daughter’s bedroom mirror, and one in the bathroom they share. I put them up when no one was looking.
A little while later, my daughter came up to me. She was all lit up like a Christmas tree, and she asked me if I put that sign up in her room. I told her that I did, and I asked her if she could tell what it said. She could, and she loved it!
My son, on the other hand, told me that he’s not beautiful; he’s handsome. I guess I have to make a different note for him sometime that uses a different word to convey the same kind of message.
After posting the eye chart, I decided that I’d like to read the Operation Beautiful book. Well, I always have a book in progress, so I put it on my to-read list. I did pick it up and read it about a week ago, and I enjoyed it. I liked hearing the stories of how it impacted people both to leave a note and to find a note.
If you’d like to join a movement of spreading positivity, check out www.operationbeautiful.com.
Have you ever left a note? Found a note?