Putting things in perspective can be a challenge – its hard to remember that our own struggles, as personally painful as they may be, aren’t the whole “ball of wax.” At other times, we’re reminded forcefully that there is more to life than our weight and diet – Katrina’s devastation of our friends and neighbors is one of those times.
I’m not making light of the pain that weight, body image and eating issues cause women, but I know that seeing the bigger picture of where that extra 20 or 200 pounds fits on balance with the world helps the healing. If you imagined that you were in outerspace, looking down at your city, your street, your house, and into your bedroom, it would be hard to imagine that those extra inches on your thighs can cause so much grief. And when you imagine all that, those extra inches suddenly don’t seem so big.
It’s my hope today to provide a little comfort to the mind as we struggle to make sense of it all.
A reminder to everyone – comfort also comes in the form of dollars, while I’ve made a donation to the Red Cross (which you can do from this site), I’m also concerned about the companion animals and wildlife of the region, and have made use of the Animal Planet resources to donate too. I hope you will too, and that you feel good (as I did) about doing what you can to help. Animal Planet list of resources. Don’t forget that shelters are looking for large sized woman’s clothing.
Unknown Author: Determination, patience and courage are the only things needed to improve any situation.
Winston Churchill: A kite rises against the wind rather than with it.
Myla Kabat-Zinn: Each difficult moment has the potential to open my eyes and open my heart.
Norman Vincent Peale: Enthusiasm releases the drive to carry you over obstacles and adds significance to all you do.
Napoleon Hill: Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
James Buckham: Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.
Titus Livy: We survive on adversity and perish in ease and comfort.
Peter Sinclair: Depression loses its power when fresh vision pierces the darkness.