Sometimes we get embarrassed about body image issues that we simply can’t control. But every once in awhile, an angel pops into our lives to remind us that the features we dislike about ourselves actually tell a story and make us who we are as an individual. One such angel is Brandalyn Mae Porter. She works with elderly people in a Texas nursing home, and her positive way of looking at our biggest insecurities has made a world of difference. While painting a new resident’s nails, Brandalyn had the chance to turn the woman’s negative outlook into something wonderful.
Brandalyn shared her story with the Love What Matters Facebook page: “Today I painted a new residents nails at work and as we were going over colors, she mentioned she wanted clear. The only thought that came to my mind was ‘CLEAR?! That’s no fun.’ I asked her why she wanted clear and she said, ‘My hands are ugly, I don’t want to draw attention to them.’” “I then carefully responded with, ‘Your hands tell the story of your life. They tell the story of love, of care and adventure. These hands have touched and held things that most people can only wish to one day.’
And with that, she went with the color pink for her nails. Sometimes what we are so insecure with, others find beauty in.” Brandalyn was able to convince the resident that her hands are not only beautiful, but they are a window into her life experiences that younger people just don’t have yet!
We’re lucky to have such caring people in the world – especially people like Brandalyn who dedicate themselves to making sure our elders spend the rest of their lives surrounded by peace and happiness! It really does take a special type of person to do this, and Brandalyn is special!