You are all beautiful. Don't ever forget that.

Today I am grateful for a nice visit with my friend Betsy last evening and for our community's downtown improvements.

Friday night Darcy and I went to see Culture Club at Treasure Island Casino. Coming of age in the 80's, we both appreciated the group's music. I didn't know what to make of Boy George then, but I know I liked his songs.

After seeing him perform live and sharing some conversation with the audience the other night, I appreciate that, like me, he has gained wisdom and insight over the last 30 years. He commented that the group is an oxymoron; making happy-sad music. The human experience is a range of emotions. It has to be. We wouldn't learn or appreciate anything if it were any other way.

I am grateful for his musical talent and that of the others who joined him on stage-I counted 12 total. Talented musicians and soulful singers. Here is a more recent image of the main group members:

They played all the hits I was hoping to hear, with Karma Chameleon, Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, and I'll Tumble 4 Ya being some of my favorites. The Minnesota crowd appreciated the band's rendition of Prince's "Purple Rain" late in the concert. And I especially appreciated Boy George's words as he left the stage for the last time. He said "You are all beautiful. Don't ever forget that."

Simple words. Profound meaning. We are all beautifully flawed and perfectly unique individuals. Let's see the beauty in ourselves, in others, and in the world around us. Pause. Pay attention. Appreciate. Honor.

"You are all beautiful. Don't ever forget that."  We need these words today more than ever, as we are inundated with unrealistic ideas of what beauty is. Beauty is being and looking like who we were meant to be and loving and tolerating others as they do the same. Onward! In search of true beauty.