There’s an association I suppose. I transport into a 60’s era woman of charm, one who takes herself seriously but can just as easily be found giggling in the corner at a party, one elegantly gloved hand covering meticulously red-painted lips.
Like Audrey Hepburn.
Can you believe that one of the most stylish women of all time had such body image hang-ups in the quiet places of her mind?
It's not so far fetched. Hepburn, like so many of us, is walking proof that no one is spared the discomfort of insecurity. Our culture pressures healthy, capable, and driven women until we're shrunk down to size "invisible".
I'm no Hepburn, but just the other day, I experienced insecurity in action. I ran into a friend who said to me, “I saw you at the gym today. You looked really strong. Good form, girl.” I inspected her earnest face and could feel the authenticity in her words.
Uncomfortable with the compliment, it took just an instant to shrink away from it. Before I could even think my words through, I heard myself say, “Oh…thanks. I had to work really hard today. I’ve had a little “too much fun” this summer and have five pounds to drop.”
Cue the fail buzzer! What?!?
I walked away from the conversation distraught over my ingratitude for a strong, healthy body, embarrassed by my poor mental state, and kicking myself over my inability to accept a simple word of kindness. I had traded my pearls for a string of popcorn.
I know I'm not the only one who's gone through this!
- Have you had a similar version of this conversation with someone lately?
- Have you pulled an "Audrey", when the voices in your head are completely off track from what others are thinking about you?
So. I'm challenging myself. This very day, I'm making trades:
1. Gratitude > Critical spirit,
2. Confidence in God's strength in me > Insecurity,
3. Vision > Stress of "now"
Won't you join me? I'd love to hear how you're "making trades" below!
In pearls and sneakers,
2 Corinthians 10:5
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
For the LORD will be your confidence And will keep your foot from being caught.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.