“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” Proverbs 14:30
In the many countries of the world, beauty is necessary and desired. People spend billions of dollars on creams, pills, exercise programs, surgeries and diets to obtain an idea of beauty. I did some of those things, which I failed or gave up. As I get older along with raising my daughter, I realize I need to be content with being a child of God and leading a healthy life.
A trip to the doctor’s office has never been fun for me. Each visit comes with fear or trepidation, but every visit I learn a lesson or am reminded to be grateful.
I hit my head again. My visit to the doctor was to do the neurological testing and see how severe it was this time around. As I waited for my appointment, a woman asked for the restroom. While she was in the bathroom, the nurse called her back for her appointment. Shortly after the nurse left the waiting area, the woman came back. I told her the nurse called her name. She said, “oh darn…I went to the bathroom in hopes to get out as much water weight as possible and I wore my lightest dress.” I laughed because, I too, was in my lightest summer dress and shoes to take off when I got weighed.
I began to recall that I go through a ridiculous process so my weight would be as low as possible when I got weighed at the doctor’s office. Here is the list; make the first available morning appointment, wear lightest clothing and shoes, and do not eat or drink anything. It dawned on me; I reached a high level of ridiculous. This issue about my weight needs to stop.
As I continued to wait, a husband brought his wife out of the elevator in a wheelchair. She was in a lot of pain and had a catheter. Every foot she went, she would gasp from the pain. My heart broke for her. I knew it was time for my pity party to end and I needed to be grateful for all I took for granted.
If I my weight didn’t match my driver’s license anymore, who cares? And if someone tried to make me feel sorry about it, I wouldn’t want them in my life anyway. I was still moderately healthy, had all of my senses and body systems are working. My focus should be on how God sees me, not the world’s view. I had my appointment, and I sustained another concussion, but this time minor. My focus was now on my healing and recovering, not my weight, and that was quite freeing.
There is an incredible motivational speaker, named Lizzie Velasquez. She was born with a disorder that has left her unable to gain weight, limited eyesight, and variety of other health issues. Some horrible human being even coined her as “the world’s ugliest person.” Here is a link to one of her speeches. Lizzie is impressive and inspirational. Her disorder hasn’t made her unhappy or angry. She enjoys her life and encourages others to find happiness.
Lesson Learned: Remember who I am in Christ and change my driver’s license to what I actually weigh.
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for every big and little thing I take for granted. Help me see my value. Remind me to be healthy in all areas of my life: physical, mental and spiritual but not make it an obsession. Thank you for protecting me and giving me life. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”