When I read this story I thought it was so powerful because on any given day you can find millions of girls who go uncovered.
They gain as much attention as possible not because they are beautiful and brilliant, but instead because of how they are clothed or not. They derive their value from their clothing, brand labels, or exposing as much of their bodies, as possible. We often approach them with harsh looks and harsh words, but this father sums it up in words I would of never thought of speaking. It is not just your bodies that is important, but it is what they hold. Ladies, we are treasures, deserving more and asking for more…
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Muhammad Ali’s advice to his daughters…
An incident transpired when Muhammad Ali’s daughters arrived at his home wearing clothes that were quite revealing.
Here is the story as told by one of his daughters:
“When we finally arrived, the chauffeur escorted my younger sister, Laila, and me up to my father’s suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. We exchanged many hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day.
My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me down on his lap and said something that I will never forget. He looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to.
Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected.
Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell.
Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You’ve got to work hard to get to them.”
He looked at me with serious eyes. “Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.”
From the book: More Than A Hero: Muhammad Ali’s Life Lessons Through His Daughter’s Eyes.