Thank you, my friend FRESHBEGINNINGS, for your courage and insight
Monday, April 14, 2014
The following is NOT my blog. I, in no way, am responsible for the gifted artistry and well-scribed reminder that our VALUE is not tied to the shape of our being. This is a post from an amazing person here on SP (her tagname is FRESHBEGINNINGS) who has inspired, encouraged, and shaped my personal journey over the last several months.
Thank you, FRESHBEGINNINGS, for this incredible post. I could not help but to share it on my SP page.
I watched the video on this site about a heavy woman who dances to change people's negative attitude about the shape of their own bodies. She talked about how she stopped doing everything when she got heavy out of shame, but now she is fighting that belief system - determined to break down the walls of prejudice and to have people not feel ashamed and not hide themselves and to keep living and having fun.
I believe in that cause, God gives us our value and nobody should ever be able to take it away, but I know I had been hiding myself and had stopped doing things in public. That is why I wanted new exercises as part of this challenge.
Now, right now, before I lose the weight, I am standing up against that within my heart and mind. I don't want to let anyone other than God choose my value ever - not even myself, because out of fear of the opinions of people, even I saw myself as "less than" at times and I refuse to think that. This concept is more than an emoticon about weight loss. I CAN do it, but human dignity is that we have value whether we do it or not.
I did not lose value when I gained weight and I am not now gaining value when I am losing weight - I say that for every heavy person - we all have value. I wonder how free we would all be if we didn't care about other people watching us at this vulnerable size, but before that, we have to fight against the culture of prejudice that has taken root in our own hearts.
I am not sure whether this is the right forum to say it, but I sense that it might help other people and that if we don't deal with these types of inner wrong thoughts now, we will end up feeling good about ourselves when we lose weight and not ever just learn to love ourselves just the way we are and we need to.
Written by: FRESHBEGINNINGS at: 4/12/2014 (23:57)