Look in the mirror. No, really look!
Sunday, October 07, 2012
There are times we may look in the mirror and be disappointed with ourselves. As we stare at the image reflecting before us, our enthusiasm drains and turns into shame, disgust, hate, or maybe even disbelief.
We don't know who that person is! Who is she? Where did she (or he) come from?
It is interesting that some of us believe we don't know who is reflecting in our eyes.
Why is it that we allow what we look like physically, impact us emotionally and spiritually?
Don't get the wrong idea. Of course you aren't going to be enthusiastic about being overweight or not as fit as you would like to be. There is going to be frustration and probably even some tears but should we allow our physical appearance to impact us to the point where we don't even know who we are anymore?
It is possible to be happy with who you are and what you stand for and be unsatisfied with your body. Your weight doesn't change who you are. It may change the way you look at certain situations and it may make you shy away from things you would dive right into before, but you are still the same beautiful person you were before!
Something we must do is learn to love ourselves at any size. As I said before, it doesn't mean you have to be happy with your size. Learning to love yourself and who you are is the best medicine for healing our plight. The kinder and more accepting we are towards ourselves, the better we treat ourselves. The better we treat ourselves, the better choices we make to care for ourselves.
When your physical appearance changes as you reach your goals, who you are doesn't necessarily change. You are still you, but a healthier version of you.
Next time you look in the mirror, look past the physical and take a look. You just might like what you see.