I wasn’t certain what I wanted to write about today. In the aftermath of the tragedy yesterday at the Boston Marathon, I felt at a loss for the right words.
A friend of mine was at the race cheering her mother on. My friend, her husband, mother and father were all injured by the first bomb. Worse even than that, they were unable to locate one another for most of the day.
My thoughts and prayers have been constantly with them. Although there is plenty to say, and plenty being said, I felt as though I had nothing to add beyond my prayers.
So, this is not a post about Boston. However, it is about a tragedy.
The tragedy of how we, as women, see ourselves.
I mentioned last week that in spite of losing 70 pounds I am struggling to see any change in my body. I also alluded in a post written to my 16 year-old self that as a teen I struggled to see myself as thin even though I hovered around 100 pounds.
There are many reasons I struggle to see myself as I am. In spite of those reasons, it is my choice to change my view. To look in the mirror anew. To see the beautiful person that stares back at me.
Dove has been using their platform to combat this issue for women world-wide since 2004 through their Real Beauty campaign.
The funny and very real blogger, BooMama whom I love to pieces posted the following video on her blog today also.
Thank you BooMama for the important reminder.
There are so few things in this world that we have control over. We can not change what happened in Boston yesterday, but we can change ourselves.
We can see the truth. We can find the beauty in the world, in ourselves, in our bodies.
It is our choice. What choice will you make?
Psalm 139: 13-14 (MSG)
You shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!