As of February 1, I joined Caitlin Boyle and Molly Barker (and others!) in their Naked Face Project. These women make a HUGE ripple in this river o’ life. Among many other things, Caitlin is the founder of Operation Beautiful. And among many other things, Molly is the founder of Girls on the Run. I invite you to read Caitlin’s and Molly’s motivations and observations in their respective blogs.
My motivation is this ~ I want to pay attention to what I HAVE BEEN paying a lot of attention to re: how I look to others AND how that makes me feel about myself.
I’ve been aMaZeD by the number of private response I’m getting to Naked Face. Some are supportive. More though, are questioning:
- WHY are you doing this?
- Don’t you care about how you look?
- WHAT’S the big deal?
- HOW will this change anything?
- Are you trying to make fun of those of us who ARE trying to make ourselves look better?
The dialog is being rich and, well, ENriching. After the first few messages/calls/face-to-face questions, I spent less and less time trying to explain myself. That’s when I noticed I’d let myself be hooked by what others think about me. That’s when I remembered that noticing is WHY I’m doing this. I asked more and than I answered. Then I listened. And THAT’s when the conversations began.
A HUGE ‘aha’ this week has been recognizing the difference between caring about with others think OF ME and caring about what they think. What others think is very important to me. What they think of me ~ not so much.
As I’ve mentioned before, Naked Face is helping me see people (including myself) for who they really are. I’m now noticing that having a cleaner face, hairier underarms & legs and even more unkempt hair (than usual) has also made me a better listener.
Hmmm… who woulda thunk it?
What nudges you to see and listen to others better?