This passage from author and wise woman Anne Lamott really resonates with me:
“Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen.”
In the past, I’ve shared how I let my so-called inadequacies and imperfections stop me from fully living.
I let the size of my body dictate the size of my life.
It breaks my heart when I think about how much time, energy and life force we waste berating ourselves for not having a better body and obsessing about how to fix it.
I often wonder, if we weren’t thinking about this, what would we be thinking about?
Where would we be putting all our energy?
How different would our lives be?
How different would the world be?
My highest intention is to help end this needless suffering so none of us dies wishing we would have gone swimming.
Pick a New Direction
I’ve seen with myself and with my clients that it is possible to replace criticism with compassion, judgment with curiosity, loathing with loving, rejection with acceptance, playing small with living big.
As Anne Lamott says, it all starts with the willingness to...
“Pick a new direction, one you wouldn’t mind ending up at, and aim for that. Shoot the moon.”