A Body Warrior to Meet: Erin

December 17, 2007 at 10:24 pm 8 comments

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What I love about myself: my soulful sensitivity that pains over injustices, and my incessant rebelliousness that becomes revved to fight against them.

My biggest challenge in accepting my body and beauty: is feeling as if my body betrays me when it is not as strong as I’d like it to be – when it becomes easily fatigued climbing a mountain or anxious at the prospect of revealing my wholeness. I vigilantly fight against internalizing my body’s limitations and constantly reassure myself that there is beauty even in weakness.

My biggest support in learning to appreciate myself: My husband, my lover, my pro-bono pyschiatrist who daily affirms that I am strong, stunning, and only slightly insane. 

Beauty is:  Awe for the Creator and the miracle of her creation.

Why I am strong:  Because my vulnerability leads me towards a more receptive heart and a more compassionate mind towards all of humanity.

Why I am beautiful: Other than my fantastically small breasts and freckled skin, I am beautiful because I feed off the light of the Spirit instead of relying on the world’s gaze for my energy.  

What women must know: That there is beauty in the unknown, the unfinished, the undone, the unraveled. When we give voice to our imperfections and impurities without demeaning ourselves, we are birthed into a community of truth and humility. And when we finally allow ourselves the grace to be exactly who we are, vibrantly disheveled beings, we grow strong by seeing ourselves as a valuable part of the wholeness of humanity.    

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Melissa  |  December 18, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    This is beautiful and heartful and so are you!

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  • 2. Angie Moses  |  December 18, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    Erin, God made you beautiful, inside and out, and your writing is beautiful. You have something to say to your generation. I love you, Angie

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  • 3. Aunt Gail  |  December 18, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    We have an inner beauty that outshines any light or beauty. You are a blessed child of God. He has alot in store for you Erin….

    Love,
    Aunt Gail >

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  • 4. Emily Presley  |  December 18, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    Hey Beautiful! You indeed ARE a body warrior and a very graceful one at that. You somehow manage to skip down the line of spunk/rebelliousness and awe/appreciation/wonder at life. The spirit coming through you is quite a delight to behold. Hope you are well, friend!

    With Love,
    empres

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  • 5. Georgia Ringle  |  December 18, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    You are looking right through us with that picture. I love your comment about finding strength in weakness. I think those weaknesses are some of the most beautiful aspects of people. No need to have a tough veneer all of the time. There is too much of that in the world. Please keep sharing all that your beautiful heart and mind sees.

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  • 6. Monica Slinkard  |  December 19, 2007 at 5:13 am

    This piece is so beautifully written-you are such a warrior, Erin, in both weakness and strength, in the best way.
    Much encouraged,
    Monica

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  • 7. Perk  |  December 19, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    Hey sweetie. I am so proud of you. I read that and I grinned and had such an inner peace. God gave you to me to help Him raise you, and look at what We’ve done!! My baby, my friend- kuddos to you for being you, and loving who you are. I love you too, Miss E. Holma- Perk

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  • 8. Daphne  |  December 30, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    Erin, I love reading your thoughts. Your confidence (even in your weakness!) inspires me. Please keep sharing, and fighting for it.

    xoxo Daphne

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