Self-Care Challenge (Day 56): Reminiscing

Tawny Scrawny LionWhen we reminisce, we think about past experiences.

Usually it involves our fonder memories, but occasionally it can lead to ruminating thoughts about some of our less-than-positive life experiences. That’s why it’s important to develop healthy “thinking” habits.

Over the years, I’ve collected various things that make me smile: notes, cards, awards, pictures and a few childhood mementos. Whenever I find that I need a boost of encouragement or motivation, I pull them out to recharge my spirit.

As a child, I loved the Little Golden Book series. One of my favorites was Tawny Scrawny Lion (Amazon Associate Link). In fact, it’s the only book from my youth that I kept. It’s about a Lion who chases and eats all sorts of animals in the forest–the problem is, he never feels full because of all the running. Eventually, the animals get together and con a fat little rabbit into “talking things over” with the lion. (But you can probably guess this was a ruse.)  The rabbit, noticing that the lion was scrawny, first invites him to dinner, which featured a stew of carrots, mushrooms, fish and a variety of herbs and berries. The lion eats so many bowls that he could barely move, and ultimately we’re led to believe he adopts a pesco-vegetarian diet.

Looking back, perhaps my interest in nutrition developed much earlier than I realize, but what I love most about the story is that it emphasizes how each and every one of us has the ability to change. In a way, we’re all like lions, going about our business as creatures of habit. We do things because it’s the way we’ve always done them.

But sometimes, we’re introduced to new ideas that change the way we do things. We find a new process, a new technique, a new routine. We find that the way we had always done things wasn’t the only way–and sometimes we find that it wasn’t even close to being the best way.

Reminiscing brings us back to the simpler lessons of our youth, keeping us grounded and focused on what we value and love the most.


Stacy Fisher-Gunn
Stacy Fisher-Gunn

I'm a Self-Care Coach, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, Author, and Founder of Living Upp. This community is a reflection of my desire to create an inspiring gathering place for people who want to explore self-care and live up to their fullest potential.

2 thoughts on “Self-Care Challenge (Day 56): Reminiscing

  1. Robyn says:

    Stacy – Tawny Scrawny Lion was MY FAVORITE book as a child. My sister would act it out nightly to me as she read it. I LOVED it so much that I too kept it and have since read it to my children 🙂

    Love reading your blog daily and continue to be educated and inspired by you. Thank you 🙂

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