I was talking to a friend today about this very topic and wrote her this note via facebook just this afternoon (before watching the video):
"It really is unfortunate how some men treat women. [I need to add now, or how some women treat women...] I feel sorry for them and the value that they hold in the size, weight, look, and appearance of a woman. They miss out on a lot of other important facets that create an entire human being and a DAUGHTER OF GOD. I know they're "wired differently," but it's sad... It's a little pathetic, and it's unfortunate for them. We are SO much more than our bodies.
You are an amazing person, with a good heart and vast intelligence. Not to mention, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. Remember that you are worth more than the value he is placing on you, and that his opinion is invalid. The only opinions that matter are yours and your Heavenly Father's. I recognize that is hard to remember when you're hurting, but just know you should feel sorry for HIM for letting you go over shallowness and his own insecurity. What a messed-up mind-set.... He's going to wind up very unhappy.
You're amazing - keep at it. You don't need to lose weight for anyone but YOU - remember that right now. Do what will make YOU sincerely happy, and don't do it for anyone else. Because YOU are enough."
... And for once, I know with 100% certainty that I'm right....
YOU are enough. You ARE enough. You are ENOUGH.
On a non-religious note, whether you believe in a higher power or not, this applies... You are loved and worth everything in the world you desire. On a more religious note, I am so thankful that I know I have a Father in Heaven who lives and loves me. I am thankful that I know of my divine heritage and capabilities - and that I am divinity in motion (not to quote MJ, but really... RIP, brotha). We are all worth so much more than we realize.... and if someone says differently, they're a fool. Straight up, a fool.
"Wherever you are, whatever the circumstances may be, you are not forgotten. No matter how dark your days may seem, no matter how insignificant you may feel, no matter how overshadowed you think you may be, your Heavenly Father has not forgotten you. In fact, He loves you with an infinite love. Just think of it! You are known and remembered by the most majestic, powerful and glorious Being in the universe. You are loved by the King of infinite space and everlasting time. He who created and knows the stars knows you and your name.”
- Dieter F. Uchtdorf
In the words of Lion King (although not my original intention): Remember who YOU are.... and in doing so, help those around you remember who THEY are.
Song of the Day: This is one of my all-time faves, and ties right into what we're talking about here.... It was arranged by friend of mine, Stephanie Maybe, and written by one of her friends, Nicole Sheahan. The song is called, "I Am His Daughter." Enjoy!