If you’re like me, you’re probably familiar with that quote from a speech President Lincoln gave on June 16, 1858. (In case you aren’t familiar with it, it basically proclaimed that this country couldn’t succeed with half the nation allowing slavery and the other half not. It was a big-idea speech, no doubt, for the time!)
As most famous quotes, it’s taken on many other meanings, far less literal.
For example, in the past, I’d always applied it more broadly to address friendships, relationships … but now I’m looking at it through the lens of body image.
More specifically, that if our minds and bodies are not in sync, we might forever allude true happiness and self-acceptance; read as: FREEDOM.
How do I know this? Well, because I’m experiencing another jolt of that “in sync-ness” right now. I feel “free.” No c/s. No restricting. No over-exercising. And it feels amazing.
In just the past four weeks that I’ve gone back to WW, I am feeling much better about myself mentally — which translates to physically as well.
I have no idea if I’ve lost weight or not, but I feel stronger just for being in this good state of mind. Without my brain fighting against my perceptions about my body, I can stand tall, proud.
And you can, too!! Thanks, Lincoln, for those poignant words spoken during such a pivotal time in American history. And thanks for being an integral part of my personal pivotal time.
Have a safe, happy and healthy weekend, dear readers!! See you next week.