I have told my daughter over and over that looks don’t matter, that brains and character are what counts. And I do believe my own words. I do.
But I still play the game—a little lipstick, a little mascara, some oh-so-tight foundation garments, a vertical stripe and high heels. I don’t look perfect, but I look—better. Is it so wrong to want to look better? Of course, it isn’t, but might it be worth examining to what end better is pursued?
Maybe not everyone seeks perfection in the bodies that hold our souls, but most of us have something we’re tracking down—culinary accomplishments, an ever-higher salary, acclaim in one’s sphere of expertise, the respect of a community or congregation.
What are you tracking down?
This message is an excerpt of “Enough” by Susan K. Olson in the March 2018 issue of Gather magazine.
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