Shoot like a Girl | Preciosa (#31days)

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Day 8: Solola, Guatemala.

The market overwhelmed our senses – raw meat hanging from hooks, fresh spices in flour sacks, and colors so rich they could be felt like velvet in the air. Pollo frito and chicharrone drew lines of hungry people while women negotiated the best price for fresh bread piled high in baskets.

She was perched on a bucket around a quiet corner.

Gladiolas, daisies, roses, calla lilies. The bouquet she gathered in her arms from the flowers lying on the ground around her was larger than her tiny frame. She smiled and shared the price.

“Sesenta quetzales.” The labor of all those who tended to the flowers in the fields and in the market, worth less than $8 US. Our protests in English did no good to encourage her to take more. To her, the flowers held little value.

Something else did.

I held up my phone and  asked if I could take a photo. She nodded and posed regally – then motioned to see the image. She smiled a toothless grin. “Ahh, que lindo. Soy preciosa.”

She sat among the flowers. But she knew where true beauty lived.

I pray to see it too.

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About Ronne Rock

Ronne Rock’s heart finds its strongest beat where beauty and pain collide – because hope always finds us in the shattered places. There’s more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience in her bones, and she finds great joy in sharing leadership wisdom as a regular contributor to Orange Leaders and QARA. But more often than not these days, she's with the vulnerable in difficult places around the world, gathering stories that change stories. Find Ronne's words in "For You, Love" the prayer journal that invites you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. She is currently writing, "Building Eden: Principles of a Grace-Filled Leadership that Restores and Redeems." 

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