Ever read a quote that gives you goosebumps and a slap on the back of the head at once? Well here you go…
Such is the case with this Quote from Steve Maraboli. I found it when Lucille Houston, the wife of the pastor of our church (Hillsong LA) posted an interview she did over at The Wolf Pack Mrs. Well, I think Lucille is quite a rad human (even though we’ve never met), so I clicked over to read it. And yeah, I was blown away when I read this quote and the entire article.
So, I had to share…
Here’s the entire quote below, and you can read the post (a message about beauty to her three daughters) here.
“Get Off The Scale!
You are beautiful. Your beauty, just like your capacity for life, happiness, and success, is immeasurable. Day after day, countless people across the globe get on a scale in search of validation of beauty and social acceptance.
Get off the scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it. I have yet to see a scale that can thank you for your compassion, sense of humor, and contagious smile. Get off the scale because I have yet to see one that can admire you for your perseverance when challenged in life.
It’s true, the scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live your life. You are beautiful!”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
I haven’t owned a scale in over seven years now (I think), and don’t plan on getting one again any time soon. Honestly, I never am or have been pleased with the number on the scale, (except for one time when I had a horrible bout of e coli. Which is just so WRONG.)…so I don’t miss it one bit.
But I am happy with my ability to make someone laugh, my spontaneity and determination, love for the ocean and adventure, capabilities for long walks on the beach, having a positive outlook on life, and even my Eric Cartman impression.
Which is all so much more unique and fun to focus on than a number.
So, I will continue to agree with Steve, time and time again. If the scale is what measures how happy you are with yourself, and that number can really effect your mood or self worth. Please, pretty please, get off of that darn thing. Throw it away. And let’s all focus on all those totally immeasurable beautiful qualities we all possess.
Even if it’s being able to speak in only Haikus for an entire conversation.
Which I’ve done twice.
Thanks Steve (and Lucille). You rock.