February 22, 2010

Beautiful post-its

I love the sentiment and spirit behind Operation Beautiful. It feels good. You feel good and you can make others feel great.

Leave an anonymous post-it note in a public place for another to see with a positive affirmation. “You’re beautiful.” “You’re perfect just the way you are.” “We love to see you smile!”

If you’ve never participated in these small (and powerful) acts of love and kindness do so in honor of National Eating Disorders Week (which is this week). There’s no better time to help boost the collective self-esteem of girls and women. As Operation Beautiful’s founder states, negative self-talk (which she coins Fat Talk) is destructive. How many times have you stood in the mirror criticizing yourself mercilessly? Think about the emotional, psychological, and physical consequences of consistent “fat talk.”

You’re fat. You’re ugly. Your belly is so gooey. Your ass sags. Nobody will ever love you with those extra pounds.

Repeat. Daily.

That’s an abusive relationship, one that can leave huge emotional gashes.

Imagine stepping on the subway or riding a cab and there’s a note telling you you’re beautiful, sassy, sexy. You’re wonderful just the way you are. Trust me, I speak from experience, these positive affirmations add up. It may sound hokey at first but, eventually, you begin to see yourself and others as fantastic. As is. No additives or fillers needed.

So, get yourself a post-it, scrawl down some words of love and leave it for another to see. Don’t forget to take a picture and send it in to OB.

1 Comment »

  1. As a women who’s struggled through 3 brutal years of anorexia and bullemia, i sincerely respect and honor you proposal to help us. all my life my disorder has followed me lik a demon. anyone who has even know talk behind my back. id like to say something for myself, im a girl whos come from a poor bacckground, watched domestic violence all her life and struggled with all the forms of abuse, physical, sexual, and emotional. id like to say that for all those so quick to judge us whom have problems, your the ones who create these problems. it doesnt help to tell someone they look desgusting or hideous when there burdened with such a pain as anorexia or bullemia. id like to say, this is the most positive approach and to all those out there participating and actually helping (not thinging how disgusting we our in your head!) we thank you so much, because this is something that is beyond fists to fight, this emotional and over-bearing. im so beyond joy to hear that there are nice people in this world that really want to help those of us with this scary disease get better and feel happy!
    thankyou so much for all your support. bcuz thats what we need most- support and encouragement- not brutal comments that only hurt us more.

    Comment by ANONYMOUS — August 14, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

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