from Contributor: Katherine Dowdney
originally posted on her blog Blissful Body
I just had the most fabulous birthday week. Possibly ever. My best friend and her 9 year old son came to visit and we truly had the greatest time. We took the pup to the dog friendly beach, savoring wonderful food, drove Highway 1 to Half Moon Bay & Santa Cruz, visited the gorgeous Redwoods, and spent lots of quality time together. We went on a local hike and the adults were chatting about our bodies and all that comes with how we feel about them, etc. It wasn’t too heavy of a conversation, but my good 9 year old buddy retorted to all of us something I will think of for everyday to come. He said, “When I get out of the shower, I like to look at myself in the mirror and say Hallelujah!” He put his arms in the air when he said Hallelujah and was completely celebrating himself. It was great.
So, everyday, instead of looking at myself in the mirror and over analyzing, or thinking of anything I want to change, I am going to say, “Hallelujah! I am here, alive, healthy and grateful!”
Image: Will & Matthew Clark, ages 8/12, Holden Beach, NC – August 2011