My daughter was a preemie and it took years for her weight to even register on the pediatric charts. Somehow she learned to say when she gets on the scale, “Look how many points I am!”
Recently she bragged to my husband,
“Dad!!! I’m 50 points!! Come and see this!”
She stepped onto the scale and it registered 49.6.
Her shoulders slumped over and she scowled and
complained as she pointed to the scale, “THIS thing tells LIES.”
Oh the lies it tells all of us. Or, the lies we tell ourselves rather.
A number does not define who you are, it’s just information.
You’re so much more than a number on a scale
or the size of your waistline or whether you are as
(fill in the blank) as anyone else is.
So next time you start to criticize yourself,
consider the miracle that you are!
Give yourself “points” for showing up,
for bravely listening to what calls to your heart
and then honoring what’s inside of you-the good, the bad and the ugly.
We’re all kind of a mess anyway and our
strength ebbs and flows.
Be gentle and treat yourself with the compassion
you would treat a toddler who’s learning to walk.
Would you push a toddler down and shame her for
falling or making mistakes?
Of course not. You’re a decent human being. So why would you do that to yourself?
We are all toddlers in life,
just learning how to walk in love,
in confidence, in faith and with each other.
Bella said that the scale tells lies! Don’t be the one to
tell yourself lies about you.
You’re better than you think you are.
So much better and more glorious than you can imagine!
Tap into your divine beauty, and recognize that your
human side is still toddling along in life and may just need
a little more love today.
We all do. And to you, my friend, I love you no matter how many “points” you are!
The Lies We Tell
January 28, 2020