I’ve been thinking about this ever since National Love Your Body day, and meant to include these thoughts on this post. That was the post about choosing to be different and trying to maintain my weight at 168 pounds. The truth is, I don’t ‘love’ my body. Blame it on our national obsession, or cultural conditioning or whatever, but I find smooth firm skin appealing on a body. Which mostly I do not have. Blame it on being overweight most of my life, or aging or whatever. That’s just the way it is. But don’t worry about me–there’s plenty of self-love going on over here. That’s never been a problem for me. Maybe a little too much, but never too little.
What I was thinking about is this. I am more than my body. We all are. We are all body, mind, and spirit. As a Christ-follower, this takes a specific slant for me. So part of choosing to maintain at 168 pounds is so that, hopefully, I will not have to spend quite as much time thinking about food/exercise. But also a most important part is that I want to be strong and healthy so that I am able to follow God wherever he might lead me in this world. That ‘s the part I left out of that definition of me:
Something along the lines of ‘an older woman who is overweight but still reasonably attractive, who exercises not in the hopes that her body shape will change or become smaller, but to stay strong and healthy and flexible and mobile so that I am able to follow God wherever he might lead me.’
We are all spiritual beings, whether you like it or not. We all have wonderful minds (I know, I read your excellent posts.) I encourage you to think as much about these aspects of your life as you do about improving your physical body.
Here is my most favorite quilt from the show. Japanese quilters do the most amazing beautiful detailed work on their quilts. Their quilts have a different look that I am drawn to. When I first saw it, this quilt reminded me of getting a glimpse into heaven. That was almost the same meaning as the quilter wrote in her description.
I’m off to take on the day, which will include the obligatory long walk with Noah, a lot of clutter-removal (creativity creates clutter, in case you didn’t know,) a little baking, and hopefully more creating! I started the day by reading the most amazing Psalm in The Message (modern version of the Bible)–Psalm 19. Check it out–it’ll lift your spirits!