It’s time to get your weekly dose of Powerful Beauty before we all set off on another weekend full of adventures, relaxation, or whatever you have planned.
Today’s contribution comes from Dalani Tanahy, a mother of three and Grandmother of two. She is the owner of Kapa Hawaii, LLC, a small business specializing in Native Hawaiian Kapa, or traditional bark cloth. She is also the Executive Administrator at Ka`ala Farm, Inc., a Hawaiian cultural learning center in Wai`anae, Hawaii. In her “free” time, she enjoys ocean sports, biking, walking the dogs up the hill, and teaching a six a.m religious studies class to a group of teenagers every day.
When I initially thought of ‘Powerful Beauty’, I recalled my earlier days as an athletic young mother of three. Living in Hawaii with lots of opportunities for staying fit all year long by mountain biking, surfing and canoe paddling, with lots of family and friends close-by and a healthy lifestyle in general. My friends were like myself…women with careers and young children who still found time to get out, have fun, look great and be role models to the younger girls we knew.
As I have gotten older, I tend to look back even further at the role models in my own life, such as my grandmothers and grand aunts. Women who lived through very difficult times in history…who did without and who made the best of whatever situation came upon them. For each of them, their beauty and their power was a light from within. They placed everyone before themselves and gave and gave without ever complaining. Service was their mantra and they delighted in making sure that everyone was fed, warm, happy and content.
In my life I have come to understand that power was not about being a weightlifter (which I was) or ride motorcycles and horses (which I did), and beauty was not about physical ‘enhancements’ (like the tattooed eyeliner) or trying to measure up to the unrealistic cultural expectations we are surrounded by (okay, I did try to avoid that). Rather, it’s the quiet and yet truly powerful example of the grandmothers….the hands that could always comfort…the hearts that were filled only as they were emptied…the quiet dignity and inner beauty that shown from each of their lined, life-worn faces. To me, this is the true meaning of powerful beauty and I only hope to honor them in a small way, by trying to continue on their paths.
When I received Dalani’s contribution in my email box, I couldn’t wait to share it. Her outlook, process self-realization, and how she views power and beauty are incredible. You can tell just by reading her words, and seeing her smile, that she is truly comfortable and happy with life!
Catch up on the rest of the Powerful Beauty features. And remember to check back each Friday for another dose of how to Achieve Powerful Beauty!–