Recently I made a video of myself reading one of my stories and frankly I was quite dismayed. I wasn’t sure who I was looking at, certainly this person on the video did not match up with the image I have of myself.
This was the first time that I had ever seen myself on video and frankly I was more than a little disturbed. I did not like at all how I looked, or more specifically how I spoke. In still photography I look fine, because I can smile like everyone else, I’m just not able to smile with my teeth showing. On video however, I can see that when I speak I certainly do not speak as most people do.
I have Moebius Syndrome, or Moebius has me. Regardless of the how or by whom, having Moebius means that some muscles in my tongue do not function, forcing me to speak differently than the norm.
In my community which includes healers and therapists; there is a movement to look toward the light, believing that if you are in the vortex of positivity you will be rewarded with all the riches, healing and love that you have been longing for.
I have toyed with these concepts for a while and find them lacking. Here is why –
If I can’t make peace with my flawed mouth then I will have failed and the kingdom of heaven will then be permanently closed.
In my opinion however, this concept of praying away the shadow only forces the shadow deeper underground. I am a perfectionist. I can never not be one, perfectionism is written in code into my DNA.
Now how can I make peace with not looking perfect? I can’t. What I can do is this. I can finally make peace with never being normal and make peace with not looking nor sounding like Joni Mitchell (my heroine). Then paradoxically I can relax into me, because I just gave myself permission to love and accept my unyielding perfectionist self.
So I am loving the hater part of me instead of shaming the hater part of me into submission and into the shadows where she has lain waiting, always waiting to find another opportunity for self abasement.
Accepting the all of me just as I am: the good, the bad and the ugly.