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Friday, July 10, 2009

A Waste Of Time

June 18, 2009

Thought today about how most women I know (including myself!) pick themselves apart in some way or another. We complain about our weight, our hair, our skin, our bums, our lack of this or our abundance of that. We just never seem to give ourselves a break.

In a small moment of clarity this morning, I recognized how ungrateful that is. Our bodies are incredible gifts that do amazing things. For those of us that are moms, you know just how unbelievable your body can be when called to the test! We are strong, capable and courageous creatures by design.

I also decided that it was a waste of time. “Waste” being the key word. To spend time criticizing that fabulous gift instead of using and appreciating it is simply wasteful.

Like it or not, we are also the “super models” for our children. As my daughters get older, I am more and more aware of how my own body image affects theirs. Pretty high stakes!

So for today, (and hopefully all the days that follow) I am committed to love myself: mind, soul and yes, BODY. I hope you will join me!

19 Comments:

Blogger Melinda said...

Tough to do, but excellent advice.

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Blogger Faith said...

I hope it's okay that I am commenting on your blog considering you don't know me! I know Allison from Good Shepherd and I have seen a few of your IT Mom segments in the past. I heard about your husband through Jay's older sister Shellee on Facebook and linked to your friend Jenni's blog and watched the video while I cried my eyes out. I am married to a wonderful man and his father died ate the age of 37, when my husband was only 12 so it's always in the back of my mind how short life can be. I just want you to know that I was moved by the very obvious love you both had for each other and your kids and the genuine fun you all seemed to have together. Your story has really motivated me to not take my husband and kids for granted. I am expecting my third child in the next 11 days and I already have a different attitude and gratefulness for this next baby than I had with my previous 2. I pray for you and your kids during this hard time. May God bless you abundantly! Take care.

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Blogger Katy said...

Holly,
Words aren't coming quickly or well this morning. For the bumbling, I'm sorry.
This post is so aptly put and spoke to me.
I too am a mom with a daughter that looks to me and watches (and thus learns) how I deal with issues. I was reminded today that I MUST be careful and dilligent to protect and encourage her outlook.

I think of your family and pray often.
May God bless you with his abundant wisdom for the years ahead (it sounds like you've already recived alot!) and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Katy Lewis

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