My 12-year-old daughter came up to me yesterday and asked me if I thought she was fat. It broke my heart to hear her say these words. I offered my thoughts around her question and in the end, with tears in her eyes, she thanked me for being such a good father and for inspiring her to believe in herself. That is a moment I will never forget!
As I thought about this experience last night I was reminded of the principle I have been studying this week. Our level of true awareness is directly related to our lack of Judging. I realized more than ever that this principle has to start with our SELF-JUDGEMENT. If we can’t overcome judging ourselves, how can we ever learn to overcome judging others?
We live in a world of judgement, of people telling us what they think, and it is sad that the “judgement” of the world has put this belief in my daughters mind that she has to be skinny to be beautiful. I disagree with this limiting belief and want my daughter, my wife, and my sons to always remember the quote below:
When we stop judging ourselves…we truly find freedom. When we do this, it doesn’t matter what other say about us, or what the world says we should do, or look like. We live for us. In the end…isn’t that what matters most?