Meet my friend Rose.  She is an amazing gardener who happens to be a great woman as well.  She is not into fashion and will not be found reading the pages of Vogue or Elle.  She is an original woman, who lives her life according to her own plan.  She didn’t want me to take her photo.  She doesn’t care much for photographs.  I was granted one shot and this is what I got.  She looks beautiful!  We didn’t spend hours on her hair, makeup and wardrobe, but to me she looks very beautiful, because I can see her spirit shining through her eyes.  She is herself, which is the most precious gift she has to offer us.  This is the most precious gift we have to offer each other.  You alone in your most authentic form are all that is necessary to be valued in the world.  Don’t ever forget this…

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