What a great image that provided -- it is so true and so often we do to ourselves what we would NEVER think of doing to other people we care about or even something like that china set. We need to start placing our OWN value back on our lists. We are worthy to be loved. We are worth the effort. We are not "garbage" just because we are not perfect - NOBODY is PERFECT but we are WORTHY regardless of how imperfect we are. THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS AND THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO RESPONDED TO IT.
With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.
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6,612 2/21/13 8:52 P
Great analogy! Thanks for sharing!
"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."
~ Earl Nightingale
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9,585 2/21/13 5:46 P
Good!! I think it's a sign of maturity....I've done silly things in my life, too...I'm sure everyone has or they might just not be being completely truthful!! It's always easier to blame someone else for what happens...when there really shouldn't be any blame at all.
Now, it's just "roll with the punches" and live with it. I always figure that what's done is over and why let it make you unhappy.
LIVE FOR EACH MOMENT... TODAY well lived makes every YESTERDAY a memory of happiness and every TOMORROW a vision of hope!!
ELAINE... (Originally of Boston, MA now living in Boynton Beach, FL)
2/20/13 5:20 P
I like this analogy a lot! When you say it with reference to precious china, it sounds so.... ludicrous, unthinkable, pointlessly destructive.... and yet that it what we do to our own bodies, which are a lot more precious than any set of tableware ever could be!
Goal 1 - break 200 (46 pounds lost)**DONE** Goal 2 - leave obesity behind (BMI 29.9, at 185#) **DONE** Goal 3 - BMI = Normal (154# or less)
Thank you Dragonchilde! So true, there really isn't room for perfection... I'm working on improvement!
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21,521 2/20/13 12:10 P
"Throwing out the baby with the bath water" is never what we want to do. I hope you are using your beautiful fine china to add to the quality of your mindful dining experiences.
Fear can motivate but it works so much better for me to look ahead and free myself from the mistakes of the past even from my thinking. I use positive affirmations to move forward. Having clear goals and plans to navigate the twists, turns and bumps successfully is a great strategy!
"'Enough' is a feast. Buddhist proverb
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9,692 2/20/13 12:10 P
You know, that's really a fantastic analogy. Too many of us "destroy the whole set" because there's a small flaw or a simple mistake! There's no room for perfection on the journey to healthy living. This isn't all or nothing!
Heather Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
My late mother in law gave my late husband and I her beautiful wedding china. It is precious. I'm grateful it is in perfect condition and not a chip on any piece. However, if some day I were to accidentally break one of the small plates, I certainly would not throw up my hands and say that the entire set is no longer of any value and proceed to smash the entire set with a hammer. Just the thought of that makes me cringe! Unfortunately I have done something similar in the past with my efforts to eat healthy. When I ate something off of my plan, I would go off on an eating spree that would last for days.... weeks.... maybe longer. Ackkkk! I don't want to do that ever again! I have been on a great streak of eating healthy and mindfully and consistently exercising for 6 weeks. The thought of slipping up does cause me concern because of my past behavior. I know very well that i am not perfect and that sometime in the future I will have a slip up. I'm getting so much out of the articles on SP that deal with this issue, and I am working to arm myself when that inevitable slip up hits!
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