“The roles we play in each others’ lives are only as powerful as the trust and connection between us.” – Oprah Winfrey
It’s not hard to see the truth of the quote. Oprah nailed that one. And because roles are relationships, it must also be true that our relationships are only as powerful as the trust and connection between us.
I thought it would be interesting to see if this principle has other applications. I didn’t have to go far. Think of the relationship we have with our bodies. It seems that this relationship also is only as powerful as the trust and connection we have with it.
Just like with people, if our relationship (or the role) with our body is not full of connection and trust, it will lack a certain vitality. More specifically, if we think of our body as gray, sickly, disabled, aging, fat or ugly, our relationship with our body may yield less vitality or enjoyment.
On a more general scale, we may think that our bodies are, and forever destined to be, mortal. Doesn’t that generate a certain fear of the body? An inclination to trust it less? A preference to trust “spirit” more than a body that may be prone to illness, disability and death? Perhaps it is this distrust of our bodies that is the major barrier to our living fully. We don’t want to connect to a body that we are sure will eventually fail us. Oh, sure, we’ll take some of its pleasures along the way, but deep down, we don’t want to connect or make a commitment to its vitality.
I am going to paraphrase Oprah: “Our relationship with our body is only as powerful as our trust and connection with it.” What do you think? (Use comment link or response box below.)