Week 2 of loving your body: Stick your neck out!

It’s week two of the Every body love your BODY project! This week we are focusing on neck and chin. Do you hate your neck and chin? Love them? Don’t think about them much? Here is a happy one with chocolate:

IMG_0814Where did the phrase “Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin” come from? And what about stick your neck out? Years ago, I used to hate my “double chin.” Now I feel neutral. I just don’t think about it much. And my neck? Well, I don’t see it, so I don’t really worry about it, other than scarf or necklace decorating 🙂

Sofia Loren, the famous Italian-French film star, is quoted as saying

“I’m a giraffe. I even walk like a giraffe with a long neck and legs. It’s a pretty dumb animal, mind you.”funny giraffe

You might be thinking, Well THAT’s not a kind thing to say to yourself! But what I hear is a self-depreciating sense of humor. And having a sense of humor about your insecurities, your neuroses, your strengths and weaknesses (if not used as a defense) can be a way to grow and be more at peace with yourself.

If giraffes don’t stick their necks out, they don’t reach the leaves they need to survive. (Except for this one, who apparently also needed to climb a tree).

This week, the invitation is to find something to love, cherish about your neck and chin. In addition, I want to invite you to affirm one way you can “stick your neck out” in your growth. Where can you take a risk? Where can you practice vulnerability in the service of something greater? This blog is my version. What is yours?

In the words of Sid Waddell,eastern_long_neck_turtle

“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.”

5 responses

  1. I’m going to “Stick my neck out” buy admitting that I have a hard time accepting the appearance of my stomach. Im trying not to hate it, and acknowledge its prescence and the fact that its OKAY that I don’t love my stomach. I notice my critical self and tell her to “STFU and let me have a good time!”

    1. YES! You tell that critic Amanda!

    2. Amanda, you win week 2’s affirmation!

  2. I don’t think too much about my neck chin, other than I have them and I should be grateful, because I would look silly without them!

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