Even if you’re not currently dealing with dieting, eating disorders or food restrictions, there is a lot to learn from this post by the Fat Nutriotionist. Some of my favorite parts include her discussion of the little “fuzzy self” inside all of us “who just needs to know it will be taken care of.” Michelle goes on to write:
“One of my favourite quotes from Epictetus is –
“True happiness is a verb. It is the ongoing, dynamic performance of worthy deeds.”
Part of growing up emotionally is accepting that actions speak louder than words. It is accepting that happiness is not a passively euphoric state of mind randomly visited upon you by the fates – that true happiness is, indeed, something you build from the raw material of your behaviours, and the nitty-gritty of your daily choices. None of which may be all that fun in the immediate-term, but produce tranquility, contentment, and satisfaction over time.
Happiness is an investment of effort.
Love, including self-love, works the same way. As an adolescent, love is the crushing force of intense, uncontrollable sentiment. As a grown-up, you take up love as a practice, something you repair and build over time with kind words, kind actions, responsibility and consideration.
“Love is the active concern for the life and the growth of that which we love.”
And that’s where we come to the damaged relationship between your mind and body. In order to heal this relationship, you need to express self-love in the form of action.”
I am, once again, promising to take care of myself and my emotional well-being. Read the whole thing here.