Tokyo Rose

Thursday, October 01, 2009

An article in Wikipedia says Tokyo Rose (alternate spelling Tokio Rose) was a generic name given by Allied forces in the South Pacific during World War II to any of approximately a dozen English-speaking female broadcasters of Japanese propaganda. Their intent was to disrupt the morale of Allied forces listening to the broadcast near the Japanese mainland.

I have a Tokyo Rose in my life too. She tells me that I'm going to be overweight, out of shape & sickly forever. If I loose a pound she says "1 pound, big deal, you can gain that back at lunch. You're wasting your time. One slip & you're right back where you started." Sometimes I see her on the TV with her size 2 body telling me I'll never be thin. Sometimes she's in a magazine wearing a dress that wouldn't fit on one of my thighs. Sometimes she's the lovely young woman that blows past me while I'm huffing & puffing on my morning walk. That Tokyo Rose is clever, she's always around to whisper words of defeat to me.

But I have a secret weapon that Tokyo Rose doesn't know about. I know Tokyo Rose is a liar. I know that 1 pound is a big deal. I know that the time I took loosing that 1 pound went by at the same pace as the time I used to spend gaining pounds. I know that I don't need to be a size 2 to be thin & healthy. I am focused on improving my health not on shrinking my dress size. I will let my body tell me when it's healthy, not my dress size. I know that I don't have to wait until I'm smaller to wear beautiful clothes. I can wear them now. I know that every day I huff & puff a little bit less when I walk, and I walk a little bit faster than I did when I started. One day I will be the lovely woman blowing past people on the track. I know that I do not have to wait to loose weight to start living my life. I am living it now. I am living it to the fullest. I am taking care of me. So go ahead & tell your lies Tokyo Rose, you are not going to disrupt my morale.
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  • no profile photo AKIMBERLYQ
    sweet post as alwayz. Thanks for the motivation
    4124 days ago
    Yes banish all nay sayers!!! You have it when you have that inner spark that carrys you thru that propaganda... Keep that inner spark loud so Tokyo Rose or what I call the
    ANTI-SPARK!!! I am so glad you discovered this!!! Great share!

    Hugs Martha n TX
    4132 days ago
    Awesome post!! I am very encouraged by your point of view and love your connection to the Tokyo Rose! (:
    4133 days ago
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