You’re good enough just the way you are, just make sure you are better today than you were yesterday. Keep improving, never stop progressing. Progress over perfection. Be still. Be the ball. Just be. Just breathe. Just lift. Just walk. Just do it. Just love yourself.
Just quit yelling conflicting messages at me, right?
I hear you. Let me see if I can sort through what’s happening with these mixed messages.
Some messages speak to our identity. I think it is important that we are reminded of our worth, regardless of our size, shape, body type, or any other physical measurement. Our weight is not our worth, despite what the culture may tell us. Our worth comes from our spirit, and it has no prerequisites.These are our deepest truths. Reminders of who we are.
Some messages speak to our lack of self-love. I believe we need to be reminded that the critic within us isn’t speaking the truth. It isn’t even our own voice. When we know who we are, we know we are already good enough. And we know that the voice that yammers on about never being enough is lying. This is a battle we all fight. We need encouragement to remember we are enough, right now, as is.
Some messages encourage us to improve. I need these messages as much as the others. They encourage me to put my shoes on and go exercise when I don’t feel like it. They remind me that every small choice I make it a victory. Left foot, right foot. That every choice matters. That we are empowered to improve our health and fitness any time we are ready. I know what to do, so let’s do it.
Do these messages conflict, or is there one story here?
I believe they conflict if we go out of order. If we exercise because we believe it will finally make us good enough to quiet the critical voice within, this spells trouble. No one has to exercise or be fit to be worthy or good enough!
No matter what your size. No matter what your shape. No matter what your weight on the scale. You matter. You are loved. You are enough. You are wonderfully made, a true miracle of creation. Right now. As is.
I want you to exercise because you do matter. You are loved. You are enough. Already. What a wonderful way to celebrate the miraculous creation that you are. What a wonderful way to honor your worth and to express, “Yes, I am enough. I know that now.”
“I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made. Your works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this.” - Psalm 139:14
“When we are truly aware of our spiritual glory, a varicose vein or two is not that big a deal." - Marianne Williamson