Sometimes a friend will tell you exactly what you need to hear at a given time. And it is even better when it is someone with whom you haven’t spoken with in quite a while.
I have really been struggling with body image lately. The past few weeks have been really difficult for me. And I don’t want to talk about it too much or dwell on it because I don’t respond well to focusing on my body. It tends to take me down a dark path to places I don’t want to go. And I have many friends who also struggle in this area, and I would hate for something I say to derail someone else’s recovery. So, I have been suffering silently. And, trying to focus on the good.
My body can do so much for me! (It’s a great mantra….when it works.)
The mantra hasn’t been working much for me lately. I get stuck focusing on the negative: the weight I’ve gained, the way my body looks, the difficulties I have trying to log more miles and increase my endurance. In the back of my mind, I have horrible, negative, debilitating thoughts that threaten to send me back down the same spiral that I dug myself out of more than two years ago.
But, today, I got a great message from a good friend who I haven’t seen in a couple years. Someone who knew my past struggles and could even relate to them in her own way. In three short sentences, she put a smile on my face and really brightened my mood. She encouraged me and gave me a little permission to offer myself grace. I am very grateful for this wonderful, beautiful woman and I feel so blessed to have her in my life. And I miss her desperately.
What is the nicest thing a friend has told you recently?