When I Look At You

We need to have a talk. So sit down, be quiet, and let me get this off my chest, because this is something you need to hear, this is something you need to know. You need to know what I see when I look at you.

When I look at you, I see someone who has overcome incredible odds, someone who went into the fight already wounded, yet still won. When I look at you, I don’t see the weakness you feel so often, I see strength -strength you need to realize you possess. I don’t see your mistakes, I see your accomplishments, your achievements, and believe me, there is a lot. When I look at you, I don’t see what you see, I see what you can’t see. I see the smile that comes to your eyes when you hear something funny, I see the tears that fill them when something moves you. I see the hope that shines from within, a flame that no matter what you think, no matter what you feel, no matter what you go through, will never go out.

When I look at you, I see someone who is brave, someone who has withstood the crushing pressure of life and has emerged as a diamond. Yeah, you’ve still got a few rough spots, but who doesn’t? Sure, you’ve got a few fears, but so do I. When I look at you, I don’t see your past, I see your future, I see all of your dreams coming true. I see beauty, imagination, thoughtfulness, and grace. When I look at you, I don’t see the lies people have told me, I see the truth, the truth that you are an amazing person.

When I look at you, I don’t see the broken-ness that you feel, I see the wholeness of who you’re becoming. I don’t see your cracks and think weakness, I see your cracks and think that you went through so much, yet you didn’t break. When I look at you, I see someone who is one of a kind, someone who is so special and unique, someone who is valuable. I see someone who has cried at night and smiled in the morning, someone who gave everything, and never heard thank you. When I look at you, I see selflessness, compassion, kindness, and truth.

When I look at you,  I see a warrior. I see a crazy, beautiful, strong person who is about to watch their dreams come true. I see everything God made you to be, and I think it’s amazing. I think it’s breath-taking. When I look at you, I don’t see what you see. Let me explain. When you look in the mirror, you see a reflection of yourself, but you can’t actually see yourself the way that everyone else can. When you look in the mirror, you see what people have said about you, what they’ve said to you,and you see your mistakes and your emotions, but you don’t truly see yourself.I don’t see that when I look at you, because I’m not looking at a reflection, I’m looking at the original piece, and my eyes are not clouded by what has been said by others, or by what you have or have not done.

And I’m know what you’re going to say. “There is no way you see those things when you look at me,” but the truth is, yes, I do.I see everything I listed and so much more, so many promises and so much potential, so much courage and beauty and life. When I look at you, what I see … is you.


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