Positive thinking is all the rage these days. Everyone from Joel Osteen to Suzie Orman to your neighborhood pothead tells you It's Your Time! Stand in Your Truth! Don't Worry, Be Happy!
These mantras are the 21st century versions of the WWJD wristbands of the 90's. Although I didn't wear them then, if I did now, instead of asking about what Jesus would do, why not ask myself...what would JLo do?!
Maybe the best way to live like Jesus is actually to live like JLo: validate yourself to keep doing whatever it is you're doing, and do it well.
How did she do this? Ironically enough, by having no shame: she publicly burned through multiple marriages, flaunts her gigantic ass, and arrives at awards ceremonies in a see-through peacock robe. She made her performing weakness - singing - her emphasis, and keeps singing in front of thousands of people even though her voice cracks. The melody of "Get on the Floor" is stolen from a 1980's lambada song, and the outfits are glittery versions of footsie pajamas.
But by the looks of it, she - as Tina Fey writes in Bossypants - doesn't “...[expletive] care if you like it!” Her lack of shame is what makes her a feminist and has made her a success. Instead of falling into the female trap of self-punishment for not being perfect, she accepts her flaws and keeps it moving. Instead of hiding her hips, she got them insured for a million dollars.
Instead of shame, she has swagger - that je-ne-sais-JLo that took her from back up dancer to millionaire mother, all on her terms.
So similar to how songstress Demi Lovato has 'Stay Strong' tattooed on her wrists, I wrote a makeshift tattoo reminding myself of the power of La Yenifer. She reminds us that whatever it is we do, we, at the end of the day, are doin' it well.