“Feel-Good-About-Yourself” Diet

I'm starting a diet ... but it's not what you think. You gotta put all thoughts of food aside. This isn't about food.

I’ve started thinking there’s something wrong with the way I think about myself. When did I learn that I should hate myself? When did I learn to disregard all the reasons to see beauty and value in myself? To see the talent, the lovely, the wonderfully quirky? To see myself as a friend who I would want to encourage and support instead of an enemy to hurt.

And, it makes me feel sad that my 10-year-old daughter is learning this negative self-speak from me.  She feels terrible at times, with the way she looks and acts. If I change the way I think about myself, then, perhaps, she can learn that from me as well. I’m going to start today.

I’m starting a diet … but it’s not what you think. You gotta put all thoughts of food aside. This isn’t about food. It goes like this:

Anything that makes me feel good about myself –
START DOING IT.

Anything that makes me feel bad about myself –
STOP DOING IT.

This diet is simple and, I feel, might actually work. As you may or may not know, I’ve spent a lot of my life being critical of myself. The list of reasons I should dislike myself is large and isn’t based on anything really true.

My first effort will be a letter from myself to myself. A love letter. I’ll actually stamp it and mail it.

Whattayathink? Let me know. I’m interested in hearing your take on this.

Monkey Series 4 of 9 by Ann Bingham Freeman