Because I believe that every single one of us was placed here on purpose. We are, each one of us, the ones that this world needs right now. But we can only do the most powerful work that we are meant to do if we are confident about what we have to offer, if we are tuned into what we can do rather than naysaying ourselves into believing what we cannot do. We each have a purpose that is uniquely ours and not one of us can serve that purpose is we are staring in the mirror lamenting, if we are defeated before we ever begin, if we are doubtful of our abilities.
Part of the urgency I feel to help people heal their body image and self-esteem woes is rooted in my urgency for this world to be healed, for there to be less suffering. Because I believe that each one of us is part of that solution, I am eager to help people realize their inner peace so that they can go fight for the needs of this world.
But, right now, you might be saying, “But I don’t even know what my purpose would be if I hadn’t made my project my weight (or insert your woe there).” And that is perfectly okay, normal even. It is hard for us to see what our purpose might be outside of ourselves because we are too often told to make our bodies our projects. Today, I don’t want you to stress about what role you might play in addressing this world’s needs (and there are so, so many ways to do this and not all of them fall into our traditional ideas of solutions). Today, we are doing one small thing towards being a part of the solution needed in this world.
Today: I want you to commit, in some way, to a cause you feel is important. You can commit by making a financial donation, a donation of your time, or a donation of goods. Maybe you go on Kiva.org and make a $25 loan to an entrepreneur somewhere else in the world. Maybe you check out DonorsChoose and help a teacher outfit her classroom. Maybe you want to support a cause in a different way– check out The Greater Good network and make a commitment to “click” your support daily or even share the website with your loved ones. Maybe there is a family in your community who could use a meal, a neighbor whom could use a visitor, a non-profit or church who could use some supplies you have laying around (check your pantry and donate some items to the local food pantry!). Do something that makes sense for you and that is accomplishable today.
1. What connection did you make to a community member or cause?
2. How did you make your decision about what to do?
3. How did it make you feel?
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