These are Rumi's words on my necklace.
As someone who was bullied in school and struggles with low self-esteem, I know the long-term scars that come from formidable experiences - but also the wisdom and strength that they can bring.
As a mother now of two, I look for everyday opportunities to help them recognize and appreciate what's beautiful in everyone. We tend to catalog the weaknesses, mistakes and flaws in others and in ourselves - our kids watch us do it and they pick it up faster than it takes us to teach them a math equation.
Yet "the only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart" and what endures are the inner qualities and the passions we nurture.