I have a whole list of blog post topics I could be tackling right now: recipes to share, new workouts I’ve tried, solving an exercise-related math puzzler, but right now, at this moment, I feel drawn to write from my heart. So guess what? That’s what I’m going to do!
I’ve felt compelled to write this since watching “Downward Dog” the other night. Have you seen it? It’s a new show, and even though ABC promotes it as a comedy, it’s more cute than laugh-out-load funny. It’s about the relationship between a woman and her dog, Martin, told from Martin’s point of view. Martin can talk (to the audience, not to the humans on the show), and he’s an observant philosopher who over-analyzes everything.
In this particular episode, Martin realizes he’s not nearly as physically or intellectually gifted as he thought he was, and ultimately, by the end, learns to be okay with that, leading to some dialogue that really resonated with me.
“Who cares about perfection? Who cares about being the full package? I am flawed and awkward and floppy and I might never catch a ball in my entire life… I think the important thing is to love yourself… And when you’re as flawed as me, choosing to love yourself might be the bravest thing ever attempted in the history of the world.”
I’m prone to falling into cycles where all I focus on are my shortcomings and failures. I know this. I’m not in one of those cycles now, but they come every now and again, often connected – or directly related – to the bouts of depression I also occasionally struggle with.
When I’m in one of these mindsets, I often identify what I see as my shortcomings, one by one, and I fixate on them, like they’re evidence in a court case, proof of something that I can’t quite identify – something that’s forever hovering above me, clouding my vision, and obscuring all the wonderful traits and qualities that I know I possess.
It’s so easy for me to get encumbered by my flaws and focus on the negatives. And this episode of “Downward Dog” was a nice, unexpected reminder to fight that, each and every time it happens.
Self-love is a powerful thing, and it’s probably the best tool I have to squash the negative voices in my own head. I may be flawed, but everybody is, and those flaws are an important component of who I was, who I am now, and who I want to be moving forward in my life.
There are lots and lots of people that love me, unconditionally, despite my flaws. I need to be one of those people… at all times. Martin is right: It takes courage to look past your own flaws and love yourself for the person that you are. But I’m a courageous fellow… and I’m always up for a good challenge.
Keep it up, David!
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