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Mirrors: Friend or Foe?

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

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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! emoticon As much as I enjoy reading the blogs of others I have discovered that this gal is not a blogger! emoticon

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. emoticon

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! emoticon

Be blessed!

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    Great Blog, I've been thinking about the mirror issue alot lately. In a salsa class recently I was having alot of issues with the wall to wall mirrors. I left home and my home mirror was quite complimentary, however the gym mirrors were not. I have broad shoulders, and my gut was protruding a bit. During the class I had to keep telling myself not to focus on the negative, so I started trying to notice only the good stuff. Yes I am not a petite little girl, but I am strong, my shoulders host some nice muscles under a bit of insulation. My legs soldier thru a host of insults I throw at them lately. My back bears much weight without complaint. I came to appreciate the body in front of me, knowing that it will constantly be in transition during my quest for fitness as well as time taking its toll. I appreciate that this body is strong and healthy, I bore two children, gave a kidney to one of them, I can do alot of heavy work that many cannot, and I can still laugh and find joy in the small things. I have not been given a lesser hand because of my broad shoulders and hips, but rather been built to deal with the life that was given me.
    Thanks again
    3007 days ago
    Excellent blog my friend. I like your perspective of the mirrors as your friend. I think you should know that I have really enjoyed your blogs. I think you're wrong... you ARE a blogger. Love ya, Dawn emoticon PS: Congratulations again on BEATING the challenge!
    3007 days ago
    I've been going through some of these same thoughts the last few days as well! I was thinking how lucky I am to have the body I have. I may have limitations but I still have my mobility. I can walk. My knees will ache some but there is medication I can take. I think God allows these discoveries because people have been praying for them. He allows the miracle to happen. He wouldn't have to but He does reward us and this is one of the many ways. I also think this is part of being like him - Christ was thin and he shared food and wine - he made it stretch to feed many when others thought there wasn't enough. I think it's a clue to portion sizes that I'm trying to think about right now. I can survive on less and still survive. I'll probably be healthier and happier in the long run.

    3007 days ago
  • DEEGEE20
    IMAVISION: Great blog post here!! And thanks for giving credit to our "Creator God" ... indeed, we are "fearfully and wonderfully made." Praise the Lord!

    3007 days ago
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