On day 56 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored how reminiscing can life my spirit. When we reminisce, we think about our 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, and one of my favorites was Tawny Scrawny Lion (Amazon Associate Link). In fact, it’s the only book from my youth that I’ve kept, carting it across the country with each of my moves. 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.