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In this day and age, any cosmetic surgery program will show us that it's possible to look like Cindy or Brad, but do we really want to change who we are? I'm not saying ban surgery, it can be a helpful tool. But it is our perogative not to change. We don't have to. We can stay as we are.
But what about that scary reflection in swimsuit? Once you know every inch of curve AND lump, it's like meeting an old friend. "Hey, how are you? Still around? I'm glad to see you again." You're comfortable with who you are and non-judgemental, about yourself and others.
Getting to know those inches means taking away all things that "give us meaning" or "identify us" - bling, rides, cribs (doesn't have to be literal). It's about facing who we really are; nuts and bolts, nitty gritty, truth. It does set you free.
So next time someones offers you critism and sting in your eyes has subsided, listen to what they've said. Is there truth in it? Where is it coming from? Who said it and why? Just as some mirrors reflect a better you, some critism is more helpful. Even if it was ill-intended, don't just dismiss it, there's an opportunity to see your truth.
Only when we know whole truth can we make an educated decision. To change or not to change? Now that is question.
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