Friday, January 25, 2013
I can't believe your 16 years old today. How wonderful is that? You have your whole life ahead of you. Before you know, you'll be graduating from high school and going on to college. The next couple of years are going to be important to you. The decisions you make now will have an impact on the choices you make later in life.
First off, I want you to know, deep in your soul, that you are a perfectly made human being. Remember that little saying - I'm O.K. because God don't make junk. You need to start believing that. Never settle for anything less than the best for you. Ignore those girls who appear to have it all. They don't. They're just as insecure as you are. Don't listen to the people who cut you down or call you names. When it comes to your outward appearance - you'll learn that those that matter don't care and those that care don't matter! What truly matters in life is what you feel in your heart and what radiates from you. These are the qualities that God looks for. Let his Love that he has for you permeate every bone in your body. don't take that love at face value. Believe it, drink it in. It is yours for the taking. All you have to do is believe with your heart and soul.
And don't worry about finding someone to that loves you. Oh, you'll go through relationships were you think the person "loves" you. If they truly love you, they won't put your down, they won't say that you need to change your appearance, or you need to lose weight. They'll treat you with respect and honesty. They won't need alcohol to communicate. They won't threaten to leave you constantly. They won't make you beg and plead for love. They will give it freely and unconditionally. Eventually, after you've learned these lessons the hard way, just when you have given up on finding that special person, you will. You'll meet someone who becomes your best friend. He'll make you laugh at the silliest things. He'll have shoulders big enough for you to lean on and to cry on. He'll love you for you, no matter what size, shape or hair color for that matter! You'll forge a relationship with this person that can withstand the winds of trouble and despair. You'll go through the darkest times with this person and you'll emerge together to view the most beautiful sunrise.
You'll go through trouble times with your parents and family. Never forget how important those relationships are. No one has the perfect family. That is something that Hallmark created to make the rest of us normal people feel inadequate. Every family has its dysfunctional quirks. Embrace them and love them even more because of them.
Express your love for your friends and family at every opportunity. Before you know it they'll be gone. Some sooner than you expected. The memories from these friends and family will constantly touch your heart and soul. They'll leave an impact on your life long after they are gone. Never forget their smiles and widsom.
I'll leave you with the last paragraph from the great Dr. Suess -
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!
Your future self (who is still learning these very same lessons!)
Monday, January 14, 2013
Here's how I feel about today
Saturday, January 12, 2013
For someone who has lost weight, a challenge that I'm facing is making the connection of what my mind perceives and what is reality. My mind perceives my body at 215#. The reality is I'm 78# less than that. I'm really struggling with that body image. Someone came up to me yesterday and said how awesome it must be to be so thin and that I'm doing a good job of keeping it off. I said thank you but, afterwards I struggled. I struggle with getting compliments like that because in my mind, I'm still obese and still need to lose weight. I'm not thin enough! Does that make sense?
I don't have too many full body pictures of me when I was at my highest weight. But, I came across this photo this morning.
When I compare myself to what I was to what I am now,
I still have a hard time coming to terms with my weight loss and reconciling what I was to what I am now. That is one of my goals for BLC (besides losing those last 10#). I need to learn to celebrate who I am now but, in a way to mourn the loss of the person I was.
And maybe that is what this journey, for me, is all about. Mourning the person that allowed herself to gain the weight that I did. I didn't love myself very much at that point. I guess, I know what my next blog post will be about.
Have a wonderful Saturday!
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
This is a prayer that I found on the internet. It seemed to sum up what I'm feeling today and contains most of my resolutions for 2013.
God of our yesterdays, our today, and our tomorrows.
We praise You for Your unequaled greatness.
Thank You for the year behind us and for the year ahead.
Help us in Your new year, Father, to fret less and laugh more.
To teach others to love by loving them.
Knowing, when Love came to the stable in Bethlehem, He came for us.
So that Love could be with us, and we could know You.
That we could share Love with others.
Help us, Father, to hear Your love song in every sunrise,
in the chirping of sparrows in our backyards,
in the stories of our old folks, and the fantasies of our children.
Help us to stop and listen to Your love songs,
so that we may know You better and better.
We rejoice in the world You loved into being.
Thank You for another new year and for new chances every day.
We pray for peace, for light, and for hope, that we might spread them to others.
Forgive us for falling short this past year.
We leave the irreparable past in your hands, and step out into the unknown new year knowing You will go with us.
We accept Your gift of a new year and we rejoice in what's ahead, depending on You to help us do exactly what You want..
I say it again, we rejoice!
In Jesus name,
Happy New Year to all my Spark Friends!
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