Spring cleaning can unearth many forgotten objects, often resuming old debates regarding whether the items are “trash” or “treasure”. Imagine inheriting an old vase from a grandparent. It’s dusty, too chipped to hold water, and it doesn’t match your house’s current décor. Functionally worthless and expensive to repair, you carelessly toss it into a cluttered box in the attic. Now imagine that a few weeks later you go to lunch with your cousin. She congratulates you on inheriting the vase and indicates that you must be very excited about it.
“Why should I be?” You ask inquisitively. “It’s worthless!”
“Worthless?” Your cousin gasps in disbelief. “Don’t you know? That vase belonged to royalty. It’s one of a kind – worth almost a million dollars!”
Chances are that vase wouldn’t stay in the attic for long! You would undoubtedly put it somewhere much safer to prevent further damage, and you would likely have it cleaned and repaired. If the furniture didn’t match, it would be time for new furniture so that the vase could be prominently displayed in your house. After all, everyone knows that treasure should be treated with care and respect.
Now consider the way you view yourself. Are you trash or treasure? People who believe they’re trash are tempted to see healthy eating as a lost cause. You’d like to lose weight; but in your mind, you aren’t worth the effort. I would encourage you to embrace a very important truth. You are significant and valuable just the way you are. Eating healthy and losing weight are not changes you make to become special. They are logical ways to live because you are special. You may be old, chipped, and dusty, but you’re one of a kind. You’re treasure, and treasure doesn’t belong in the attic. So the next time you’re tempted to give up on yourself or your diet, remember that you deserve better.