Our Quest to change our lives began in Feb. 2010 and we lost 224 lbs. We slowly gained a lot of that weight back and we're now on another journey for weight loss and better health using Bright Line Eating. This is the story of our continuing Journey. .
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Friday, January 14, 2011

What is the Value of a Life?

This week has been another amazing week and tomorrow is weigh-in.  We’ve enjoyed our new rig, Max, and feel overwhelmed at our blessings.  And more changes will be coming on our horizon this year.  It’s exciting and scary.  Change is always scary for me.  It’s a leap of faith.  Never in our married life have we had so much change as we have this last year and even more is coming.  But it’s all GOOD.
I have been reflecting so much this week.  Reflecting on my past life and how different I feel and look today.  It’s like a dream.  I remember so perfectly the years of my life that I spent in pain, in heartache, and in self-loathing.  For so many years, I secretly wanted to  pass on to the next life.  I didn’t want to be here.  Many times in prayer, I asked God to take me for surely He wanted me and loved me.  I didn’t feel wanted here.  I didn’t feel valued.  I knew I was loved, I knew I am a daughter of God, I knew I have infinite worth... but I didn’t FEEL it personally.  I often wondered and asked myself:  
What is the value of a life?  What is the value of MY life?  What is the worth of my soul?
I wondered because my perspective was that I was NOT valued by my family, or by “friends” (which I didn’t have), and not even by myself.  My perspective was that there was so much more negative about me than positive - that’s what I felt everyone was telling me.  I did not see any beauty in myself.  For years, I think I leaned on the love of my husband to feel I had worth.  
When my mom died in 1993, it was the hardest time of my life.  She always seemed to feel that I was beautiful, even though I knew I wasn’t.  She always noticed the good things about me, even though I couldn’t see them.  Then she was gone overnight.
The last picture taken of my mother 
Brent, me, my dad, sister-in-law, and brother after mom's funeral
I found this entry in my journal just a few weeks after she died:
Wed. June 23, 1993
“I’m not enjoying life right now.  I try to describe how I’m feeling and what I’m going through - no one feels what I feel.  No one cares.  This is so hard!  I’m finding it hard to have the desire to live.  Everything is left on my shoulders and I can’t bear it any longer all alone...
I am so large, I am so ugly - I can’t stand to see myself.  Even when I feel like I do look good, I see myself in the mirror or picture and see how bad I really do look.  I am not a good wife - I don’t have enough time to be a good mother to my son.  It feels like no one is helping me.  I’m tired of this.  I long to feel loved and feel wanted - maybe even feel beautiful.  I don’t think I ever will.”
I remember sobbing as I wrote this entry.  I remember that heartache perfectly.  It’s now over 17 years later and I have been climbing my way out of the pit of self-loathing, and I am close to the top.  I’ve learned that all those negative thoughts and perspective were really just a BIG LIE!  I entertained the idea that I had no real worth and it started to become one of my core beliefs.  Then everything negative that happened in my life just fed that belief.  And it was and is a lie.  This has been a huge revelation to me recently.  Anything that feeds such a belief does NOT come from God and is not based on TRUTH.  So I am learning to STOP FEEDING that belief and to START FEEDING the belief that we each have infinite worth and value - that I have infinite worth and value!  And our value has nothing to do with the way we are treated!  It is a continual process to change these beliefs in me.
So when someone we love hurts us or betrays us, it has no bearing on our worth or value.  Or if we don’t have that special someone in our life or can’t find those cherished friendships it doesn’t mean we have no value.  That can be incredibly hard to believe but it is TRUTH.  The fact is, is that we are all human and we don’t really SEE the true value and worth of each other!  But our Heavenly Father DOES.  He is the one who can truly comfort us and fill us with that love and self-worth.
Words can’t do justice in expressing what it’s like to come up from that pit.  Those who have been there, and who are still there know and I pray anyone in such a pit of self-loathing can crawl out completely.  To look in the mirror and feel that my life does matter, that I do make a difference being on this planet and that my worth is infinite - it’s more life changing than losing the weight!  And to look in the mirror and feel like I am beautiful... words cannot describe such a feeling - Joy & Gratitude are a start.
So after many years of feeling that life just stinks and I’d rather move on... I am changing my song.  That is why LIFE IS GOOD.  Life is WORTH LIVING and even CHERISHING!  And our lives are worth celebrating.


Polar's Mom said...

Wow, strong post. I am so sorry about your Mom. I believe everything you said, it is logical, makes sense, but actually BELIEVING in my heart is the hard part...but I'm getting there. So glad God decided to leave you here for us!

Polar's Mom

Weas said...

I wish I could hug you, this must have been painful to relive. Your mother looks so cute and I'm sure she's resting peacefully and looking over you!

Julie said...

I'm sorry Margene about the loss of your mama. I can not imagine being without mine. Even on my worse days I can call her, stop and see her and she just knows what I need. She sees things I don't, like when I becoming burnt out. She knows ahead of time and tries to get me to see if before it's bad.
There has been so many days in my life that I have felt as low as pond scum and about as worthy too. Life is good, it is hard but it's oh so worth all the effort to love yourself like God loves you.
Take care Margene, have a blessed night. Thank you for sharing this with us, I know it had to be hard but it's so heartfelt.

Anonymous said...

A beautiful post. No one knows what it's like to go from wanting to die to wanting to live unless they've been there. It's an amazing change that is dificult to describe. You described it well.

I'm happy for you--and you look like an entirely different person.


Juli's Journey said...

What a thoughtful post. So amazing how far you have come, Margene. It is truly inspiring. I think I still might be in that loathing part of my life, but I feel it slowly releasing. I can't wait to feel no pain. You really inspire me, Margene.

Natalia said...

What a wonderful post! Thank you so much. I still struggle with my mom's passing almost 14 years ago.

Michele said...

That was one of the most beautiful and personal posts that I ever read. It is a testimonial to your own spirit and the spirit we all have as human beings Bravo, my friend, Bravo, for moving your life in such a positive direction (and with your soul mate, too!). You are so worthwhile. Just think of teh transformation that you have been though and how this will shape conversations to come with your beautiful children when they feel low and down on themselves. Fantastic post! Have a great weekend! Michele

spunkysuzi said...

Wow you are stronger than you think!
Your right it is hard to believe your own self worth when bad things happen. I used to always make excuses when others would praise me because i didn't believe that i was worth of it. Definitely something i have been working on.

dawne said...

Well said Margene.

Jennifer Vollstedt said...

Thank You Margene, I took the liberty of sharing that paragraph about our value with someone we both know. You are beautiful, BEAUTIFUL, inside and out!!!!!!! Thank you again. Moroni 8:3 love jennifer V