“Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.” ~ Aesop
The human body is our vessel to carry us throughout our days. Are we more than that, though?
Recently, I was asked by a good friend, Carla Birnberg (aka MizFit around here) to join in an appreciation of the whole human body – our wholeness is what makes us who we are.
This all began when Mish, from Eating Journey, wrote about loving who we are…today. (Mish: You are a brave woman, and that is a wonderful thing to see!)
So, this is me – exposed.
That's the outer me. Just like each of you, though, I am much more than what you see here.
I AM my legs. They are used for walking, for running, for kicking, and for playing.
I AM my smile. That feeling of joy from just tipping my cheek bones up, from the corners of my lips pointed skyward.
I AM my eyes. To see the beautiful sunsets. To see those I love – my wife, my kids, friends.
I AM my heart. Love. Connection. Feeling. Truth.
I AM me.
Life is funny. This is me, recently. It is not me today, though. Perhaps I'm a couple of pounds more today. Perhaps I'm also a little more deeply grounded, too, though. Perhaps I'm not comfortable showing the real outside appearance today. Perhaps I'm not always comfortable showing the inside me, too. Perhaps I see that this picture represents me at my best. Perhaps "best" is relative.
None of us are perfect.
We are not fast enough, or smart enough. We don't have enough friends. We have too much weight around our midsection. We are too emotional. We don't show enough emotion. We look the other way when bad things happen. We yell at our children. We are mean to our spouse. We sometimes just don't care.
And all of us are perfect.
We are who we are, today. In this moment, this is us. We are living and breathing. We are human. We are perfectly human. With all the challenges that go with that, and all the joys. We are our body, our mind, our spirit. It is us…each of us, at this moment. It is what we have. All of it.
"I find that when we really love, accept and approve of ourselves exactly as we are, then everything in life works." ~ Louise Hay
Each of you are amazing! In so many beautiful ways, you are all shining examples of living beings. Human life, living here on earth. Wow!
And that is so much more that just skin deep.