Monday, January 25, 2010

Mermaid or Whale?

I got this email from a friend & I thought it was so good that I wanted to share it!

Recently, in a large city, a poster featuring a very young, extremely thin, dramatically tanned woman appeared in the window of a gym. The caption on the poster said, "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"
A middle-aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym. This is what she wrote:
To Whom It May Concern:
Here are the facts:
Whales are always surrounded by friends such as dolphins, sea lions, even curious humans. They have an active sex life, get pregnant and have adorable baby whales. They have a wonderful time with dolphins, stuffing themselves with shrimp. They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Bering Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia. Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs. They are incredible creatures and have virtually no predators other than humans. They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world.
On the other hand, Mermaids don't exist. If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts due to identity crisis. Fish or human? They don't have a sex life because, according to mythology, they kill any men who get close to them. And, hello? how could they have sex? Just look at them ... where is IT? Therefore, they aren't able to have any precious babies either. Not to mention, who wants to get close to a girl who smells like a fish store? The choice is perfectly clear to me: I want to be a whale.
P.S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver, and a piece of chocolate with my friends. With time, we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room, it distributes out to the rest of our bodies.So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy. So, as of today, when I look at my butt in the mirror instead of whining, I will think: Good grief, look how smart I am!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Beauty Within Awareness Event

I received an email the other day requesting my help so I told her I would post this email. I don't have any more information on the event but as soon as I get more information I will post.

Natalie~ Hi! My name is Natasha Hernandez my mom was recently diagnosed with type 4B endometrial cancer. The doctors told us that this type of cancer is one of the worst cancers there are and that it is not curable but they would do their best to control it. From the looks on their faces it looked like odds were not good for her making it. My mom is a fighter and a strong believer of miracles (as am I.) My brother & I stepped out to talk to the doctors and find out how long they thought she had left. They told us she might not make it to 5 years. My mom doesn't know we talked to them, she doesn't want any negative ideas in her head. She believes (as do we) that she is going to survive and that this is just an obstacle she has to over come in this life.
Our family has learned a lot from her about staying positive and keeping faith. She has had her 2nd chemo-therapy appointment which has made her hair fall out left and right from one of the MANY side effects of chemo. She was having a really hard time with the hair especially. In general most women think of their hair as a security blanket and with my mom that was the case. She couldn't take it falling out everywhere and having bald spots. As we were preparing to shave her head she broke into tears thinking that she wouldn't be pretty anymore. She was afraid that her husband wouldn't look at her the same way and that people would look at her as less of a woman. Of course that was not the case with her husband, he loves her no matter how she looks but the society and pressures of this world needing to be a perfect size 2, long beautiful hair, tan flawless skin etc. makes her think that she wouldn't still be beautiful.
What I would like to do for my mom, cancer patients, women in general and myself is shave my head to show that hair is just hair. What really makes us beautiful is who we are on the inside. We are having an awareness dinner and auction on February 20th 2010 at 6:00pm in Salt Lake City Utah to raise money that will go towards women and their self worth, a portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. We will be having dinner, an auction, speakers, and people who will shave or cut their hair to donate to locks of love. I have read over your web page "the beauty within" and I am so happy to see that you are making the same kind of stand!! We would be honored if you could support us at this event. If you have any ideas that could help they would be greatly appreciated! Please contact me as soon as possible if this is something you would be interested in.
With much appreciation and love,
Natasha Hernandez

If you would like more information or would like to contact Natasha, please let me know & I will get you her contact information!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I Think I Can....

Do you remember the story of "The Little Engine that Could?" We all feel at times that we can't do something that is asked of us, but like the Little Engine: "I'm not very big & I've never been over the mountain, but I will try." We should always try. The little engine then pulled & tugged & said: 'I think I can, I think I can.' For her this was an arduous task but because she thought she could, she overcame her olbstacle & made it over the mountain.

Always remember that the mind is a powerful tool & when put to work will bring great results. If you think you can, YOU WILL!!!