Last week I spent my days with a group of young women in Los Angeles who love the song playing on my Itunes at this moment – DIVA by Beyonce. Ironically, they rarely see themselves as a diva. Part of the work we do (the leaders of Catalyst Youth Leadership, which I am a co-creator and leader of) with the HerShe gals in their first summer at camp is to assist them in discovering and building what is compelling about them.
Part of the process is building a life size montage of the compelling self their sisters help them to identify. Several magazines send us back copies from their stockpiles so the gals have images to chose from. Oprah always is among the pickings.
This year I grabbed a few leftovers and thumbed through them. I happened to get the issue where Oprah spoke to her regaining weight. I loved her concluding paragraphs about this issue.
“I don’t have a weight problem – I have a self-care problem that manifests through weight. As my friend Marianne Williamson shared with me, ‘Your overweight self doesn’t stand before you craving food. She’s craving love.’ Falling off the wagon isn’t a weight issue; it’s a love issue.
When I stop and ask myself, What am I really hungry for? the answer is always, I’m hungry for balance, I’m hungry to do something other than work. … You can only take the reins back yourself.
My goal isn’t to be thin. My goal is for my body to be the weight it can hold – to be strong and healthy and fit, to be itself. My goal is to learn to embrace this body and to be grateful every day for what is has given me.” [O magazine January 2009]
I hope this will be inspirational to you all!