Monday, August 1, 2011

Don't Judge Your Book by its Cover.


This weekend was the CrossFit Games, the super bowl of the sport of CrossFit. The winners were crowned “the fittest on earth”. There was something that struck me as I watched these athletes compete, “you can’t measure fitness by the way someone’s body looks”

Don’t get me wrong, none of the top CrossFit athlete’s look unfit. However if there had been a line up of the athletes that competed in the games picking the people with the most toned bodies and biggest muscles would have not correlated with who actually won the competition.

So the moral of the story is- Physical Appearance does not equate fitness. Nor does it equate functionality or health. Nor does it equate beauty, or worthiness or the ability to be content with oneself. The truth is “you can’t judge a book by its cover.”

What our bodies look like on the outside has little to do with how healthy we are, how well we feel, how content we are with ourselves or how well our bodies can function.

Why is it then that we measure our success by how our bodies look? How they look in comparison to how they used to look, how we want them to look and to all the other bodies around us.

Where has judging our books by our covers gotten us? unhappy. dissatisfied. lacking. Because changing the cover isn’t going to make it a best seller. It’s what’s inside that will make it a classic. The words, the story, the physical structure of the binding that holds the pages together.

What might shift in your life if you stopped judging your book by its cover and started paying attention to what lies behind it?

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