As I sat looking in the mirror, I noticed an old scar on my face. This got me thinking about the many scars that I wear not only on the outside of my body but also on the inside. Scars help to show the life we have lead, and as we age we gain more lines and wrinkles and more scars. Each scar represents a new experience within our life. With each new experience we change who we are just a little. The irony in this is that humanity as a whole is completely terrified of change: always afraid that the change will make our lives worse or somehow different just has to be bad. Yet, these scars that bind us not only to ourselves but to others, as we feel a sense of inner connection and that we are all experiencing change together. A beautifully defining scar that you will find on many an individual is the stretch mark. Our society has deemed this unattractive and no way exists to get rid of them. But most people that have the stretch marks have experienced something involving a great fluctuation in their body composition. For me personaly I gained my stretch marks during my first pregnancy, and when I see them I think of what a divine experience this was and how it changed my perspective completely on how it is to feel in my own body, feeling the connection of another soul within my shell. The marks deemed so unworthy by society represent the highest calling of bringing life into the world. How my children have changed my life for the better because now I'm not just living for myself--I'm living for them. Realizing that each thing that they do is a reflection of me, I want to be the best person that I can to be sure I inspire the better in them.
Now some people have stretch marks or scars because of a different life experience. Perhaps they fought in battles and this was something that they survived only to return to their loving family and create a better country for us. Perhaps the stretch marks come from gaining and losing and immense amount of weight and what a journey that can be all on its own. Imagine all the emotions and all of the sense of pride, shame, love, and hate that so may experience with that. Our scars that are internal that no one else can see create a ripple inside of us, and we will never be the person that we were before we accumulated them. Sometimes with this people build resentment towards their parents or towards their friends, but if you truly Love yourself you will see that it was this experience, this scar, this ripple that brought you to this place--this place of empowerment and this place of growth--instilled within you a new and now stronger perspective in life. Take a moment and look back on your life (even write it down), and try to think of moments in your life where you felt that you really had to sacrifice and as you do, think of how it changed your life. Was it for the better or are you worse for the wear? For me personally as I did this exercise, I found that every sacrifice I ever thought I had made, the positive experience that I received in return was 10 fold. It made my sacrifices seem like no burdens at all. So you see the scars that we wear on our bodies and in our hearts they tell a story. They tell the story of our lives and create the people that we are today!