Friday, April 23, 2010
Have you ever heard about the "I am so thin and beautiful" affirmation? If you haven't, here's how it goes. You look at yourself in a full length mirror, and keep repeating the words "I am so thin and beautiful" (or "I have a small cute nose," or "I have lovely white teeth," or whatever your physical issue might be). The idea being that if you say it enough you will convince yourself, and you will magically transform right there in the mirror. Well it really works - and here's proof:
"I am so thin and beautiful."
Anyway, I have been told many things about my attitude throughout my life (at least since my teenage years), and it has never been very positive. Actually, I have never viewed the word "attitude" with any positive connotations (probably because no one ever used those connotations on me), but it was recently explained to me that there is such a thing as a positive attitude. There is also a cheerful attitude, an altruistic attitude, a caring attitude, and an optimistic attitude. I might have to take this up with my mother, because, I mean, who knew?
Anyway I was also told about another attitude, and that is the attitude I want to discuss. Apparently, there is such a thing as a "healthy attitude." You're probably, as I was, saying "What? What is that?" Well, it turns out that if you approach your life with a generally healthy outlook, you will be a generally healthy person. Also, if you create a healthy culture for yourself, and for those around you, you will then lead a healthy lifestyle. It's not about diets or forced exercise - it's a belief system and a way of life. Like, a permanent thing. Pretty weird, huh? In other words, instead of saying "I should do that because it is healthy," you say "I am healthy, so I am going to do that."
There is also, consequently, a "green attitude" or "eco-attitude." This is taking the whole "healthy attitude" thing a step farther. It means an attitude of personal health as well as global health. So, I said - "isn't that the same as 'altruistic attitude,' then?" But it turns out their different - but I still don't really get what the difference is. All I know is that "green attitude" means you recycle all the time all year long instead of seeing the Earth Day commercial on nickelodeon, and saying, "we really should recycle, you know?" It is like, the ultimate healthy lifestyle - living in symbiosis with the earth.
Well, I've been trying all day, but it turns out that a total attitude overhaul isn't as easy as it sounds. It's like going from this:
It simply takes more than one day.
So - I'm still on my one healthy change a week thing - but now I have to make these changes part of my "attitude." So, not just physical, emotional and spiritual health, but attitudal health as well. Isn't it impressive how I keep evolving - I know I'm impressed.
Last thing - while I'm sitting here at the computer - I said to my husband "you are a really good sweeper - so thorough." Now he's just sweeping away. Check out the power of compliments - I don't have to do anything now! That's not lazy, is it?