Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Attitude, Happiness, Love, Me Time, Mom Time, Personal Growth, Self | Posted on 15-02-2013
I’m kinda sick of my negative body image issues.
“But, Pippi! You’ve had three children! Each baby stretched out your belly, like three feet!”
It seems that I am running high on negative body issues and low on self-confidence. It concerns me that my less-than-robust self-confidence will mess with my ability to be a strong role model for my children. How can they grow to be self-confident if I don’t exude self-confidence?
“But, Pippi! You’re always so positive and so happy and so loving! You are a great Mom! Your kids adore you! Your husband loves you! You are surrounded by family and friends who think you’re awesome! You have a great job! And, man, what curly hair!”
Truth. Reality. I am so blessed. What am I even complaining about?
“But, Pippi, happiness is about inner beauty and needs to come from within! And not something you seek outside yourself! You know this!”
I do know this. I am my own hurdle. This. Has. Got. To. Change. I need to change this.
I read an article that brought clarity to my jumbled thoughts. It’s about finding happiness within. Gilbert Ross, the author of the How to Find Happiness, is trying to encourage people to break the negative pattern “I will be happy if…” If I lose 20 lbs…If I get a raise…Whatever the if is, it’s always something. This leaves us feeling empty and sad because we are never gonna be happy until we surpass the next hurdle. And there are always more hurdles. (I know this. I ran track and hurdles back in high school.)
As a first step, I am connecting with these negative feelings and am working to transform them. It is high time that I make peace with myself.
After all, I’m clever. I have a winning smile and personality. Golly, people like me! I have so much to be positive about and thankful for in my life.
So that I can continue to be a glass half-full person, I need to also fill my glass with self-love and self-confidence. One drip at a time.
This is something we all deserve. Fill ‘er up.