This blog post is the first installment of a 3-part series that I am calling, “Be A Pineapple: Stand Tall, Wear A Crown, and Be Sweet.” Each installment will be posted monthly, for 3 months.
I’ve been short all my life. I was always the last in line for class pictures and on the front row each school year. I have always had to shop in the petite section at any clothing store. When the huge, platform sandal were “in,” way back in my high school days, I took full advantage! I’ve become a pro at hemming all my pants and even some skirts. I’m exactly 5 feet tall and NO inches! I’ve never had a problem with it, and I’ve never wished I were taller! I think the reason I have always loved being short is because, for the most part, I am a confident person, and I’ve come to understand that “standing tall” has nothing to do with your height at all.
Standing Tall Physically
I’m obviously a very short person. So when I talk about “standing tall” physically, I’m not talking about your height in inches; I’m talking about confidence and the way you “carry” yourself. Some ways you can “carry” yourself with confidence is your posture and your handshake. One day, you may need to make a good first impression. You may interview for a job or serve a mission. In situations where communication matters, you need to stand tall with your shoulders square and pulled back. It’s important to make eye contact with those you are talking to. It’s also important to have a great handshake! When you shake someone’s hand for the first time, you need to look them in the eye, smile, and give them a nice firm hand. That shows them you are happy to meet them and you are confident in what you have to bring to the conversation! If your shoulders are slumped over and you give them a “floppy fish” handshake, they may feel like you are sad or don’t feel happy to be there. Being confident and sure of yourself will make communication with others much easier! Find the things that make YOU feel good about yourself, and it will reflect in your countenance!
Standing Tall Spiritually
Have you ever heard term “spiritual giant”? These people radiate the light of Christ, and because of their strong testimony they are always serving! Someone in my life who is a spiritual giant is my husband. He has a deep testimony of Christ and the gospel. It shows everyday when he says a prayer before he gets out bed, everyday he reads his scriptures before he steps out the front door, everyday he moves through life serving his family, ward members, and his patients. And everyday he kneels in prayer before falling asleep at night! He’s one of the biggest spiritual giants I’ve ever met!
There are so many scriptures that tell us how to “stand” and when to “stand.” For we have all been admonished to “stand up” (2 Ne. 8:17) and to stand as a witness (Mosiah 18:9) so that we may “stand blameless before God at the last day” (D&C 4:2). I can’t find any scriptural reference that tells us to slouch or stoop in Zion. Instead, we are repeatedly told to get on our feet, to “arise and stand up” (3 Ne. 20:2).
When we know that we are a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves us, we can more easily “stand tall” and be spiritual giants. I echo the words from Sheri Dew: “No woman is a more vibrant instrument in the hands of the Lord than a woman of God who is thrilled to be who she is.” (“Stand Tall And Stand Together”, Sheri Dew)