I've wasted a lot of time wishing I was someone else- skinnier, more popular, less awkward. Yet when we are more fully who we are, we give space for others to embrace their true selves. When we are brave it does not go unnoticed and courage is contagious. The two stories below are reminders that life is too short to be anyone but you.
The first story entitled Peace & Dance about Ahmad Joudeh, reminded me of the importance of living out our truth. Even when faced with rejection, threats of violence his stance remained one of defiance-dance or die. What would it look like to have a passion so great that it becomes a part of our identity and we could not imagine living without it? This kind of passion is life defining.
Jessamyn Stanley, also reminds me that life is too short to be anyone but you. Jessamyn describes how people have stereotypes about what a yoga body should look like. And rather than making herself fit the mold she broke the mold all together. Too often, we are taught to cover up, to fade into the back ground, to hate our bodies if they are less than perfect. In this war on women's bodies radical acceptance of our bodies and ourselves is as Jessamyn says weaponry. No one can make us love ourselves less unless we let them. How might life feel different if we loved our bodies for what they are right now? Why, wait? Life is too short!
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