For all of the times I hurt you, talked about you, criticized you, compared you to others and downright hated you, I am truly sorry. I paraded you around like a piece of candy. I dressed you in ways that were inappropriate, in ways that allowed others access to your secret and sacred parts. I gave you to people that did not love you, that could not love you the way you needed to be loved. People touched you and hurt you and you had no control over it… and I am sorry. For all of the times that I looked at you and despised the height, width, curves, dimples, freckles that you possess, I am sorry. I hurt you, cut you, starved you, forced you into tight clothes, hid you behind baggy clothes. I bleached you, tanned you, pierced you and marked you with permanent ink. I enlarged you, stretched you, picked you, squeezed you and broke you down. I pushed you to the edge, overexerted you, and took away your sleep and rest. I made you feel worthless, unimportant, unloved and unappreciated. I failed to realize that you are not a part of me but in fact you are me… my body. I am my body. I failed to realize that I am a beautiful creation. I was created by Greatness! God breathed life into me! My body is perfect, if I choose to believe it or not that is up to me! I took myself for granted and never thanked myself for still loving me when at times, I hated me. I kept going! I survived. There was something in me that would not allow me to stop, slow down or quit. I am stronger than I thought and after all I put myself through God still loves me and wants more from me! God loves this body, this body is fearfully and wonderfully made! This body survived the hate, ridicule, hurt and torment that was inflicted by others.
Today I choose to celebrate my body! I will no longer hide you and make you feel less than perfect. I will no longer talk bad about you and cause you to melt down. I will honor you and keep you safe. I realize that you and I are one; together we will work in harmony and continue to love when we don’t want to. We will love when it seems like we can’t love anymore. I will love you and you will love me. We are survivors and we are a team! Today, I realize that you are a gift, a perfect, beautiful, gift from God! I realize that the things about you that I consider flaws are what make you unique. I accept you! I will no longer allow everyone access to you. I will protect you to the best of my ability. I will stand up for you, I will compliment you, I will respect you because you are not just a part of me, you are me.
For all of the times I hurt you, I am sorry. From this day forward I will wear my confidence and accept the things I can’t change about you, I love you and I know that I am great because God does not make mistakes!
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