The same statement can be used for humans. The body is just the cover but when you begin to read the words under the cover, a story unfolds. The words in a book represent the souls in our bodies. What you see on the outside doesn't necessarily tell the details of a story.
For years I would hear from people, "you are so pulled together.....I wish I could pull my life together." I cringe every time I was told this along with, "you always have a smile on your face....I wish I could be as happy as you." Best one yet, "you are so thin for having three children....why can't I be that thin?" I interpretated this as people feeling less than me because they weren't like me. It made me sick. The very last thing I ever want to do is make others feel they have to be a particular way in order to feel worthy, valued, and accepted. It actually angers me and made me feel guilty.
That smile on my face was a cover up. My thinness was me running ragged to maintain an image. Behind closed doors, I was far from having it together. The closest to being pulled, was pulled apart. I may have not appeared to need help, but I needed it the most. That armor I was carrying, that smile, wasn't just hurting me, but it was hurting others and it needed to stop. At age 35 I took off the armor and began to stand naked, fully exposed, and committed to being raw. What a relief! What freedom! Was it scary at first? Absolutely? Is it hard? YES. Was it worth it? MOST DEFENIATELY!
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