“I do a lot of strength training because I like to feel strong. I’m 5-foot-2 but I like to feel like a bada** and to know that I could kick someone’s a**. So I do pull-ups and do squats with the big-boy weights. My butt has never been higher and my abs have never been stronger.”
As much as I’d like that last sentence to be true, the above words were NOT said by me. No, it was a young “It” girl being quoted in a health/beauty magazine. Yes, it was my magazine. Don’t judge me—it was Mags for Miles so it was free. I like to look at the pictures.
But sometimes the vapid, absurd superficiality gets to me. This quote was one of them. I couldn’t help thinking what if this article was about someone paying attention to her spiritual life? What would that interview look like?
I do a lot of strength training because I like to feel strong.
“I do a lot of meditation and reading of spiritual literature because I like to feel strong. Reading my Bible, reflecting on Jesus and his teachings not only strengthens me, but grounds me as well. I’ve found there is wisdom to be had from many spiritual traditions. Buddha and Jesus—both bada**es!”
I’m 5-foot-2 but I like to feel like a bada*** and to know that I could kick someone’s a**.
“I’m 5-foot-2 and sometimes feel as if I should be sitting in the front pews like the kids. But as Saint Paul said, ‘When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became an adult, I gave up childish ways.’ And that includes being okay with not seeing over everyone’s heads. I don’t mind being short, but I like to feel like a Healer and to know that I could help mend someone’s heart.”
So I do pull-ups and do squats . . .
“So I learned about non-violent communication and reflective listening. I feed my soul with music and Nature and hanging with like-hearted friends. And on Sundays I don’t do squat. I make it a real Sabbath.”
. . . with the big-boy weights.
“The real tests—the big-boy weights—are dealing with coworkers and relatives I just don’t like! Much easier volunteering for Teen Feed or hospice! I take comfort in the fact that Jesus said, ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’ But he never said anything about liking one another. Small comfort in that though. Then I ask myself, ‘Am I looking in a mirror?’ If not, then I try to find at least one positive thing about everyone. It’s a discipline—a spiritual practice!”
My butt has never been higher and my abs have never been stronger.
“Because of my practice, prayer, meditation and just letting go, I find peace. My goals have never been higher and my resolution has never been stronger.”
The last paragraph of this interview the “It” girl talks about how she wants to do and prove a lot of things.
The only way you can do that is if you’re willing to fail. You’ve got to step out on the ledge and hope that it works out. Sometimes it doesn’t, and you get your heartbroken, but you’ve got take that chance. In the long run, it’s worth it to be bold.
All good but I think it’s smart to take a moment and ponder exactly about what we are being bold. Once again St. Paul offers guidance:
And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.
So it’s not wise to be bold with just any old thing. And for the record, in a photo accompanying this interview she wears what appears to be a leather bra over a turtleneck sweater.
Like she said, “Sometimes you step out on the ledge . . “
And sometimes you fall off.