OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Today I am on Day 6 of The Mental Toughness Training - and I had been thinking about something that happened at the grocery store the other day. I was browsing in the meat department and there was a little boy about 4 years old with his Grandma and he was quite precocious, talking to all the people who passed by. His Grandma seemed to be ignoring him as much as she could - and so he started engaging the butcher in a conversation. As I passed by, I kind of thought to myself what kind of person he would grow up to be. Then his Grandma moved down the aisle a bit and all of a sudden I was in between this little guy and Grandma. Well, he became a little bit scared and said to me, you are in the wrong place. The meat manager told him, it's ok, Grandma is just down there. So I said, here, let me move, I don't want to be between you and your Grandma. That is when the truth spouted out of his mouth. -- He said, "You are too fat. I can't see my Grandma".
Well, at first I was a little shocked because I haven't heard this said to me in a long time. But then I thought about it from the perspective of a young child. He was right. I was too big for him to see around and the reason was correct. I was too big because of my being fat. Small kids don't have the finesse to keep things like that inside. They haven't learned that it isn't acceptable to say things that might be hurtful. I could see the shocked look on the face of the butcher. So I just moved along - and let it pass, thinking how much these sort of things had emotionally hurt me so much in the past.
But I really saw this as the universe bringing me another lesson on how to use this as a mental toughness lesson. I can take all the emotion out of the word fat and accept it as a truth. I am "fat" - in fact - I am "obese". It doesn't make me a bad person. It is just how my body is at this time.