Friday, October 9, 2009

Ode to Self...

Dear Self,

I want you to know you are beautiful, even when you wake up with "puffy" eyes, "stuck your finger in the plug" hair, and a "gorgeous, and perfectly round" zit on the end of your cute "ski slope " of a nose.

I want you know that the beautiful "lines" and "crow's feet" marking up your face are really just from years of memories and laughter, that you would never take back.

I want you to know that the "achy" back in the early morning is just reminding you of those precious times of carrying beautiful babies that are now growing up too darn fast.

I want you to know that "falling asleep in the chair" before 9:30p.m. and before your show is over, is perfectly normal and shows you are a "hard" worker, keeping your family straight, not a result of "laziness."

I want you to know that the "extra poundage" is just your body wanting to protect itself from damage. I mean it is always good to have a little "cushion" and "padding" to keep one safe from...let's see...ummm..oh, I know...starvation and falls. Yep! Always a good idea to carry a little "extra" in my book.

I want you to know that there is no need to "feel guilty" over not working out and exercising, after all, you wouldn't want to lose the "safety gear."

I want you to know that a few "gray" hairs are alright, because your hairstylist really needs the money as she is going back to school. It is important to help others at all times. Don't you think?

It is alright if you don't always dress like a "fashion model," for you wouldn't want to ever be
accused of showing up the teenage daughter. Plus, unfortunately the extra padding that is important to your well being, doesn't always allow for fashion cuteness. Get over it!

I want you to know, that it is totally OK to have a "BLAH" day every once in a while, as long as those days don't outnumber the joyful ones. Of course I know it is hard when there is pimple problems shining...on the end of your nose!!!

I want you to know that it is alright if there are dirty dishes left in the sink, if you spent time with the kids. Wait a minute, does watching a show together and falling asleep half way through count?!

I want you to know that it is alright that you are turning 39 at the end of the month, because "40" really is the new "30." I wonder how Sarah, of the Old Testament, felt in her hundreds?

And by the way, Self, I want you to know that you ARE beautiful, just the way you are,
even when you have
a bad hair day,
acne,
crow's feet around the eyes,
laugh lines,
a few extra pounds,
no energy,
nothing to wear,
a dirty house,
and the BLAHS!!!
BECAUSE...

God totally LOVES you! There is certainly no "blahness" in that!

Happy Friday Everyone!

21 comments:

Heart2Heart said...

AMEN! and 40 really is the new 30. You will love it. It's that age when you can accept yourself more for the person you are, not the person you hope to become.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

He & Me + 3 said...

Thank you so much for writing this. I was shaking my head in agreement the whole time. I can so relate and thank God He thinks I as His creation am always beautiful! even when I don't feel like I am.

E @ Scottsville said...

Okay, this is SUCH a wonderful post!!! I loved it... all except for the fact that now I'm scared I'm gonna fall and break a bone due to the lack of padding that I've never been able to get. Dang it, I'm gonna die of a fall!!!!

ha ha ha

I looked in the mirror this morning before make-up.... then put on my foundation. Then looked in the mirror and thought "Used to that did the trick... now it doesn't look much different." I do NOT like getting older!

I'm just three years behind you it seems.

Manuela said...

I love this post! It is wonderful!

I wish you a wonderful weekend!
Blessings,
Manuela

Sharon@JoyInTheTruth said...

Are you sure you didn't write this letter to me?? :)

Love it! Can totally relate!
(except I am already in my forties...and still think I am 25!)

Andrea said...

AMEN! I needed to hear these things, today. I will be 44 in June and my body has fallen apart or at least it seems that way.
Blessings and prayers, andrea

Kristin said...

Awesome!!!! Love it :)

Don't worry....I just turned 33 and half my hair is gray already!

Mocha Momma said...

Way to go, cuz God loves us in spite of all our un-cute ways.

I'm over 50 now so 40 looks real good to me.

Have a great weekend and thanks for the post reminding me that God loves me.

Amber said...

Love it.

You are beautimus. Zits and all.

Jennifer said...

My husband loves my gray hair! He says it's God's "natural highlights"!!

Whatever!! I prefer the beauty shop kind!!

Becca~TimeWellSpent said...

I loved this!
Wouldn't it be fun to talk to Sarah and see how she handled a toddler in her early nineties and a teenager in her hundreds!

Hope said...

Wow, Mich, I relate to TOO much of this!!! Ha! Ha! ☺
Good to know God loves us so much!
♥Hope

Oh, and guess what...you will ALWAYS be younger than I am!. I am 45...and not so far away from 46. Although I do tend to forget that sometimes...recently I was saying to my husband about him only being 45...that would make me 40...and he quickly reminded me that HE WAS 50 and I WAS 45! Scary!

Miss Charlene said...

I laughed, this rocked! Thanks for sharing!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Oh, thank you so much for this! 40 really is a good age. Enter it knowing you're not alone, and you will survive the labeling of it all.

Have a great week in Jesus; you are beautiful, and I'm so glad our paths have crossed. I won't be around much this week. Feeling the weight of needing to get some other things done... like the dirty dishes and the gray hair!

peace~elaine

Aine Willis said...

I loved this, I needed to hear this today! Thanks so much for sharing it! God bless!

~*Michelle*~ said...

Oh I just love this.....especially because I love to hear that you know you are beautiful in every way!!!!!!

God made you who you are.....perfectly special....and last time I checked, "He don't make junk"

{{{hugs}}}

LOVE THIS!!!

Angie said...

Beautiful post!

I'm so glad that I have the padding in place to protect me when I fall. ;-)

My kids get so frustrated with me because I rarely stay awake through a movie.

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

Thank you for the reminder!!! That was soo great!!! I needed to hear that for sure!

Deborah Ann said...

Aw, good stuff Mich! This is in tune with what I posted today, at the Big Butt Club. Hey, wanna add this blog post to my McKlinky? This fits in so perfectly!

Blessings,
Debby

Billy Coffey said...

Mich, that was FANTASTIC!!

whimzie said...

You have no idea how much I needed to read this today.