I've been re-watching 30 Rock lately; I forgot how much I love it. Sometimes I think my answer to the "What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?" Robert H. Schuller quote would be to be a writer on a Tina Fey show. Those throwaway lines!
One of those lines in particular has been speaking to me today:
Tracy Jordan: Stop eating people's old French fries, pigeon. Have some self respect! Don't you know you can fly?
Lately, I've been very aware of my own "eating people's old French fries" habit -- negative self-talk. I've known I have a problem with this for a very long time. But now that I've been making changes to my diet and exercise habits, I'm realizing even more that physical changes alone can't make up for the damage of thinking mean things about myself.
And why am doing that anyway? I can't fly, but I am God's creation, made in His image, no less. That's enough reason right there to knock it off.
I don't want this to sound harsh or to become something else I beat myself up for, though (aka, I can't believe I was mean to myself again! I'm such an idiot!). That seems counter-productive. But it seems good to remember (again) that being kind to myself is a good thing.
I don't know what your version of "eating people's old French fries are," but whatever it is, you don't have to do it. Don't you know you can fly?