#31: Big Picture Memories
Thursday, July 30, 2009
We all have big picture memories of certain past events in our lives. Too often, the memories we carry with us are negative ones.
Do you remember the first hamburger you ate? How about the 23rd one? Or the 7th pizza?
We could easily continue asking these seemingly irrelevant questions and our answers would generally all be "No." Why should we recall such things? Why are they important? Because every morsel of food we've consumed has led us to be the person we are today. And that person is often not someone we enjoy.
But let me ask this: Do you recall the last time you felt embarrassed about your appearance? Do you remember one time you were shunned because of your weight? Do you readily hesitate going out in public or taking part in certain activities?
These events create memories, albeit negative ones, that stay with us forever. Big picture memories of our lives we can't shake loose from our minds.
No one appreciates hearing demeaning comments made about them. No one enjoys hearing snide remarks about their excess weight. An overweight person knows they are overweight and does not need constant reminders of it.
Regrettably, though, these negative attitudes and remarks toward people who do not fit society's definition of a healthy person -- thin -- are the attitudes and remarks that stay with us and are nearly impossible to forget.
They are the big picture memories we need to fight against. Such memories make a lifelong lasting impression but we need to try to overcome them as we evolve into the person we want to be -- someone others compliment, someone who enjoys appearing in public, someone who is not ashamed of themselves.
Do you remember special happy events in your life such as when you graduated school, secured your first full-time job, got married or had children? These memories will be with you forever because they were highlights, golden moments that we treasure and often bring forth to remind us of happier times.
What if we achieve our goals of weight loss and better health? Will these accomplishments create enough positive images to overcome the ones that drag us down emotionally, mentally and physically?
Not immediately. But if we concentrate and focus our minds on our successes during our journeys to better health, in time we can create positive, affirming memories that will motivate us, encourage us and inspire us.
Big picture memories. Some negative ones stay with us for life. But, day by day, one step at a time, we can craft new positive ones that will sustain us and become the big picture memories of our future.
Let's start today.