Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Illusion of Perfection

The other day I watched a rerun of the Oprah Show in which Portia de Rossi opened up about her struggles with anorexia and bulimia. Although we don't hear about it too often, this is an issue that I'm sure many women have.

Here's a clip from the show...



It can be easy to get caught up in the self talk (what I call the "Ego") telling you that you're not good enough...you're not skinny enough...you're not pretty enough...Especially when we're bombarded with images in fashion magazines and on TV of women who the world thinks are "perfect".

We begin to focus on what we think are physical imperfections and forget that we have these beautiful souls.

The other day my friend's daughter made a comment about one of her friends...

"She has a perfect nose," she remarked.

What is "perfect" anyways? Perfect is an illusion - an idea or belief. Because so many people idolize celebrities and models, we begin to believe that they're "perfect". This idea that we are not perfect drives us to do things that are unhealthy and destructive. We start looking for ways to fix the outside without working on the inside, which is our soul and spirit.

I will say, though, that each and every one of us is perfect in our own way.  Begin to believe that you are perfect exactly the way you are.  Work on strengthening the belief that you are truly magnificent and beautiful.  Once you start doing that, you will experience happiness and you will stop looking outside of yourself to fill a void.
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