Less is More
I need permission
to be less than perfect,
always aiming for the impossible.
Driven to succeed,
I'm missing all the special moments
that make life worthwhile.
When will I learn
the kitchen never stays clean?
When will I appreciate an
interruption from a family member?
I long for You to enlighten me,
to show me what's important
and what truly deserves measure.
- Heidi Haller
I am certain; I am made in the image of God. I am less certain that God shares my drooping jowls and varicose veins. I know, we’re not supposed to be talking about the flesh when referring to Divine imagery, but I just can’t help wondering.
If my body is a temple, it makes perfectly good sense to make it a beautiful home for me to worship in. Yet, where do I draw the line? Is it O.K. to invest in expensive creams, a personal trainer, chemical peel or tummy tuck?
Like so many decisions, it’s complicated. Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D., a professor of sociology at the University of Washington and AARP Ambassador, shares some sensible tips on coming to grips with body changes:
1. Understand what's normal, and what's not.
2. Forget about looking young.
3. Take action!
I agree with Pepper. Whenever you tackle a problem, spiritual or secular, understanding is the perfect place to start.