Mona Lisa

“Life is a sidewalk Mona Lisa and it breaks your heart when you see her wash away. It’s all just chalk in the rain.” (from “Chalk in the Rain” by Point of Grace)

After enjoying lunch with a friend today (and I do mean “enjoy”…not a word I used to use in relation to meal times, such was the fear I once had of overeating), I’m feeling contemplative. In the car on my way home from lunch, I was listening to a new CD by the group, “Point of Grace” and the song I quoted above came on. I remember watching the movie, “Dead Poets’ Society” and being wowed by the phrase, “Carpe Diem” (“Seize the Day”). This song expresses a similar sentiment: life is sometimes so short-lived it’s like chalk drawings on a sidewalk…so easily washed away by even a brief rain. In order to appreciate it, we need to “seize the day” and fully experience every moment.

This idea got me thinking about how long it took me to even consider seizing the day or living “in the moment”. The odd thing about compulsive overeating, or eating disorders of any kind, is that you can get swept away by the constant “rain” of thoughts about what you just ate, what you’ll eat next, whether it was “good” or “bad”, whether you need to cut back, how hungry you feel or not, what foods you’ll “never eat again”, etc. until your life has completely passed you by and you can barely see the outline of the beautiful chalk drawing on the sidewalk that is YOU.

Fortunately, there’s always more chalk! We can always choose to come back to the present moment, to actively participate in and experience our lives again, thereby drawing a new “Mona Lisa” on the sidewalk for all to admire.

What rains are sweeping you away today? Do you have any choices in the matter? It IS possible to experience your life again. Grab your chalk and start redefining YOU!

Peace, joy, and health!

–Megan

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