I found a quote from poet Maya Angelou today that resonated with me:
“I don’t know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, ‘well, if I’d known better I’d have done better,’ that’s all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, ‘I’m sorry,’ and then you say to yourself, ‘I’m sorry.’ If we all hold on to the mistake, we can’t see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can’t see what we’re capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one’s own self. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that’s rough. But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don’t have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never
teach” try to lose weight.
(Strikethrough mine, obviously. All the bolding is mine, too.)
I forgave myself for years of obesity some time ago, but the inherent tendency to beat myself up over things lingers. This quote reminded me that moving forward requires stepping out of the past. It also reminded me that my value to the universe is not based on a scale number, a tape measure, a squishy belly, or anything else having to do with my physical make up. The same is true for YOU, and I hope with all my heart that you know that.
I’m off to the mirror to behold some glory. Join me?