A while ago (as in like eight months ago), one of my favorite bloggers and former college classmate Clarabelle posted this on her blog: “What are the three things you love most about your body?”
And, even eight months later, that post has stuck out to me for a lot of reasons. It is so rare to hear a woman speak about her body in a positive light. I think you can ask pretty much every woman out there, even the most beautiful woman on the planet, and they can find a dozen things they’d change about the way they look. Women are the queens of self-deprecation when it comes to our bodies.
Heck, I know I’m guilty of it. I do it all the time. I say how much I hate this about my body or that about my body. I am the worst critic when it comes to my own appearance.
When I saw Clinton Kelly last month he said something that really stuck with me. He said, “If someone came up to you and said they hate your shoes or they hate your butt or they hate your [INSERT THING HERE], it would ruin your day. You would be sad and depressed. You would feel awful. So WHY do you continue to say the same things to yourself?”
He was SO right. I never thought about it like that. But the more we degrade ourselves and the more we talk down to ourselves, the more we begin to believe what we say. It’s a vicious cycle.
And so, Clare’s post about having confidence in your body and actually taking the time to say what you LIKE about your body is something that I think we all should be doing more often.
I can sit here all day and make excuses as to why I am unhappy with how I look… but the fact is, I have to remember – I made a human and my body has done work and God made me unique and His design is intricate and special. I’m not going to be a size 2 or a size 4. I never have been. So, why am I sitting around all day moping about the way I wish I looked when I could start speaking light to myself… speaking confidence… speaking in a positive way. Because if I start doing THAT more often, I might actually start to believe it.
So, I am going to start, and then I’m going to challenge you.
Three Things I Like About My Body:
Now, it’s your turn. In the comments below, I want YOU to share three things YOU love about your body. And then, I’d love for you to encourage YOUR readers to share three things they love about THEIR body. Use the hashtag #LoveYourBody if you post!
I’d love to see a swarm of women on the internet speaking highly of themselves. This isn’t being conceited… it’s being confident in what God gave us and loving ourselves as we are!