Sunday, October 5, 2008

Where have I heard that before?

Can you guess where this quote came from?

“A woman is often measured by the things she cannot control. She is measured by the way her body curves or does not curve, by where she is flat or straight or round. She is measured by 36-24-36 and inches and ages and numbers. By all the outside things that don’t ever add up to who she is on the inside. And so if a woman is to be measured, let her be measured by the things she can control. By who she is and who she is trying to become. Because as every woman knows, measurements are only statistics, and STATISTICS LIE."

Give up?

It's originally from Nike ad in the 1990s. I read it in a magazine when I was in college and wrote it in my journal because it struck a chord.

As I was driving today (I always have deep, existential conversations with myself while driving, don't you?), in my head, I had a pretend conversation with my doctor about my weight.

I said, "I am good at lots of things. I can set goals in other areas of my life, work hard, and achieve. So of COURSE it affects my self esteem that I can't meet this goal that is called losing weight. I wonder, why can't I do this? I do so many other things well, why not this? What's wrong with me that I am failing at this thing?"

The doctor, in my make-believe conversation, listens patiently and then tells me I'm not fat and to go home and stop worrying about it.

At that point, I smack her and demand liposuction ...

So I am posting this Nike ad quote that spoke to me once upon a time about what REALLY matters and give myself a little perspective. If you are like me and are a perfectionist and are way too hard on yourself about this stuff, I give you permission to have a little perspective (and some chocolate) today, too.


Stef said...

Aweee that was an awesome message!!!!!! You are soo right...we can perfect soo much in our lives...but when it comes to doing for ourselves...we are soo critical and hard that we will always never seem to live up to our own expectations of what we think we should be. Im soo proud of you!!! You are a truly amazing and very blessed woman!!!!!

Huge Hugs

Kirsty said...

Wonderful message. It strikes me that we spend so much time worrying and working and depriving ourselves to get to some random impossible ideal and in the end, we leave these bodies behind. Imagine if all that time, work and energy was applied to making our minds and spirits beautiful...what a different world we would live in. So long as our bodies are clean,healthy and energetic they are doing their job. Exercise, eat mindfully and love yourself. You are beautiful!

Kim said...

That's a wonderful message, Trina! Thanks so much for posting it...LOVE it!