If one defines the word rich in non-monetary terms, the seemingly herculean feat of “getting rich” may be one of the easiest (and most valuable) accomplishments of one’s life. What if “rich” is simply defined as “being content?” […]
It is quite true that without sufficient financial health to provide the basics of life — food, shelter and clothing — one’s non-monetary measures of health (physical, emotional & spiritual) can be eroded. If you have enough, however, to provide these basics of livelihood, then the pursuit of financial wealth need only be a support for pursuits that truly bring meaning and purpose to your life.
— from the Financial Philosopher
This comment on “financial health” got me thinking of how we define physical health. So often it’s about physical perfection. Does it help to think of physical health as “a support for pursuits that truly bring meaning and purpose to your life”?
Marianne Kirby (co-author of Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere) hasn’t been posting much but this bit on getting checked out at the mall was worth the wait:
Here’s the thing: It’s nice to be appreciated. […] A lot of fat women I know talk about how much they just flat out didn’t see when they were trapped in the spiral of self-hate that so often comes with being a young fat woman in America […] But we as fatties are trained to buy into this idea just as much, if not more than, the rest of our culture. It’s one of the most efficient means of policing ourselves.
So, a bit of external validation can help with that. I know that – I really do get it, because it helped me. The flip side of this, however, still exists.
Living in pursuit of that external validation is a sucker’s game. […] This is why I don’t have a lot invested in external physical validation […] There are a couple of people who get to have an opinion that matters (like my husband) and everyone else, well, it’s nice if they think I’m attractive but if they don’t, eh, wev.
I don’t find every single person on the planet attractive; why should I worry about whether or not every single person on the planet finds me attractive in return?
— from The Rotund
Oh, and that PETA billboard? Someone ‘shopped it into a HAES billboard. :)