I’m sharing this story because it calls to my heart, and I hope it calls to yours too. I received a message titled “How do you measure beauty” from a sister in our sisterhood named Gabrielle. In her message, she asked me to share her story. Here it is:
I have always, as far as I can remember, struggled with thinking that I was not beautiful. I thought that my weight was the true measurement of my beauty (how could I be so far from the truth). I remember when I was around 12 years old I would go on walks with my mother around the mall early in the morning to try to lose weight. In high school, I spent most of my free time obsessing about how “fat” I was. I became so obsessed that I would eat only a fruit throughout the day, eat a small dinner and try to work out to lose the calories that I just ate. I would tape (yes box tape) my stomach so that I could fit into my clothes for my dance team.
As I read Gabrielle’s story, it brought tears to my eyes. Can you picture a beautiful little girl using box tape to cover her stomach in her dance clothes? Stressing about how she looked in her dance clothes rather than finding love in her dancing. This is heartbreaking to say the least.
If I were to take a poll of everyone who reads this article right here at this spot and ask how you feel, I bet most of you would agree this is a very sad story. Most would also agree that your heart goes out to this little girl.
Now let’s shift the paradigm and get real together for a moment. How many times in the last week have you said something negative to yourself about your body image? It’s sad that you and I live in a world where we are conditioned to do just that. We cherish air brushed super model bodies and Hollywood movie stars looks.
We forget that beauty is your light inside that it comes from within.
This is your reminder…it’s a reminder that you are beautiful just the way you are right now! Take a deep breath, connect to your heart and shine your light. That’s true beauty, and when you and I remember that we begin a shift. We begin to pave the way for little girls to grow up believing it too!
Gabrielle, I am grateful to you for having the courage to share your story. You are an inspiration to all the sisters in our sisterhood!
What is your true definition of beauty? How do you live that definition? Share your comments with our sisterhood. We learn and grow from each other when we share!