For the first time in my adult life, I’m truly listening to and understanding the lyrics to Whitney Houston’s “The Greatest Love of All”. Yo…this song is seriously amazing. It contains such an important message.
On a daily basis, millions of messages are presented to us by outside entities wanting to define and control us. Nothing about this is new in our modern world, and as time progresses, our exposure only seems to increase.
Marketing relies on exploiting the fears, insecurities, and desires of potential customers to make them actual customers. This process doesn’t occur strictly within the context of the marketplace for goods; we can apply the same process to the marketplace for ideas.
We are bombarded with messages about who we are, who we should be, who we could be, what we can do, should do, and could do. Without much consideration to the truth, applicability, or consequences, sometimes we agree with the messages and restrict ourselves from living in full expression of who we truly are.
TONIGHT’S TOPIC: Body Image – How and/or does it affects men and women differently? Why isn’t it discussed if body image issues are so prevalent? What are possible ways to overcome a negative body image?
Addendum: The University of New Hampshire has a pretty good brochure about transforming body image that lists some excellent starting points. During the show, I mentioned Maxwell Maltz’s Psycho-Cybernetics and Creative Living for Today, as well as Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life. I’m particularly fond of the 1999 gift edition. To that list, I’d also like to add Marcia Germaine Hutchinson’s Transforming body image: learning to love the body you have.
Be the best you and learn to love yourself as you are and in the process of becoming that “best you”. Get rid of beliefs and ideals that don’t serve you. They were created to serve someone; if they aren’t serving you, they aren’t for you, so why hold on? If you’re complaint about your body is something that is within your power to change, commit to changing it, but it’s not necessary to be compulsive or unloving to yourself in the process.
– Marcia Germaine Hutchinson