This is Ima’s farewell blog for the month of March! I have been blogging three times a week for the past month to meet the requirement of a challenge. And it has indeed been a challenge to give time to blogging!
As much as I enjoy reading the blogs of others I have discovered that this gal is not a blogger!
Two insightful blogs, written by a dear SP friend about her fear in dealing with mirrors & her subsequent victory in overcoming that fear, have had me considering my own interaction with mirrors over the years.
Until recently I hadn’t considered mirrors to be friend or foe. To my thinking they were simply a useful piece of ‘equipment’ to use when needed for checking hair & makeup or a hemline or how shoes went with an outfit, etc.
Now I am thinking that our mirrors have a story to tell! The mirrors in the Vision home would relate that Ima didn’t pay attention to what was going on while she packed on the pounds. They would say that Ima would give a perfunctory glance in passing, as she went on her merry way!
Last month, as part of a challenge on one of my teams, I chose to inspect my body by standing unclothed before a mirror & carefully take in the different aspect my image presented. The exercise was very therapeutic for me, as I thanked each part of my wonderfully made body for the support given me in helping me along life’s pathways. I marveled when I thought how my body has served me well, as I went about my life as wife, mother & homemaker.
I, also, felt the need to humbly apologize to this body, designed so perfectly by my Creator God, for past over fueling abuses I, in ignorance, chose for it.
As kooky an exercise as that might seem, I found it to be a blessing, resulting in my having a deeper appreciation for the workings of my body. It also gave me a sincere desire to right as many as possible of the results that poor choices have inflicted on my body.
Years ago, I was listening to a talk show & heard Victoria Principal (well known actress at that time - although I can’t remember seeing her anywhere except on that talk show & on magazine covers at the grocery stores) telling how she had had friends over for dinner & as she stood at the stove one of her friends made a remark about her posterior ‘going south’. In other words her buttocks was showing signs of caving to gravity. She hadn’t noticed that concern; however, once she was aware she took corrective exercise measures.
What this gal took away from that show was that viewing ones body from all sides/angles is very important. I wonder how much quicker I would have been in getting to a place of being ready to do something about the added inches to my frame, “if only” I had made it my practice to do just that - pay attention to what was going on & to regularly study my body before a full length mirror.
Sadly, until recently, I chose not to do anything about that shared knowledge.
Lately, as mirrors have come to mind, I see them as a ‘friend’ - right ready to point out things I need to be aware of! I want the mirrors that reflect my image to have a “new & improved” story to tell!