BEAUTIFUL---this one can lead to the slippery slope of narcissistic obsession with maintaining the beauty you have. As time marches on--the battle becomes more intense daily---and no matter how much money and time you throw into the endeavor---Mother Nature Wins!!
GREAT PHYSICAL SHAPE---I could say--see above, but instead I will give you the facts. As we age, we loose muscle mass---and to maintain what we once had begins to take more and more time and effort. And, as I can attest, all that hard work can be lost in a matter of weeks. Pride in physique turns into embarrassment over mush.
SWEET---one of my personal favorites---you all think I am so sweet. I have a side---which prays for God to smote the heads of my enemies--a side which can turn on a dime and give a good lecture---a side which tells what for in no uncertain terms. My not so sweet side which I work very diligently at concealing.
SMART---there is always someone smarter---no matter how much knowledge you gain---no matter what your IQ---you will find a better at some point in time. AND--the world is changing at a rapid pace--filled with information---filled with new innovations---who could possibly keep up?
SUCCESSFUL--the top of the heap--filled with accomplishment---top dog. We live in a society which highly values success. The big problem with success---it attracts many who would like nothing better than to topple you off the top of the pile. It is a dog eat dog world---and the dogs are always sniffing around for their next bowl of success.
You do see where I am going? I could go on and on---labels---all good labels---that we can swiftly become slaves to maintaining. There is no shame in the good labels, but they come at a high cost and allowing our identity to be tied to them can be devastating. SO as my friend, Linda, asked, :"Why do we have to have labels that are supposed to define who we are?" Indeed, Friend, why would we desire to be labeled anything but what God has called us?
Who knew yesterday's post about labels and their shame would lead to today's about good labels and their cost. I have had my eyes opened and plan to look at individuals and not give labels. By stripping the labels--good and bad---I am inviting the surprise and pleasure of seeing the individuality. Truly we are all uniquely created---with no need for labeling!
Now give me the sense to follow your commands.