(Please forgive me if this is incoherent... I have the flu, and if all my typing makes actual words, I figure I'm doing pretty well.)
You are captivating. Did you know that?
Definition: to attract and hold the attention or interest of, as by beauty or excellence.
Synonyms (and these I love): bewitching, enchanting, enthralling, entrancing, fascinating
Too often, when we look at ourselves, we see only the things that are not captivating. We see physical imperfections. We see all the ways that we don't measure up to someone else. We see the mistakes we've made. The thorny paths we've gone down. We believe in the supposed truth of every negative word and glance that we've ever had to endure.
But I don't see that when I look at you. I see beauty, and I see talent, and I see courage. I see kindness, and I see worth, and I see compassion. I see grace, and I see the enchanting gift of having you in my life.
You're not the ugly duckling that we sometimes feel ourselves to be. You're the swan, beautiful and regal and accomplished. You're the beautiful princess or the handsome prince.
You are enchanting.
You are fascinating.
And, yes, you are captivating. Can you live it?