Sometimes I wonder if I should use myself as an example in class. Whether its good or bad, it certainly proves to be interesting! Last fall when we were learning should and shouldn’t in fifth grade I tried to think of a way to make it interesting. So I made a little cartoon of myself on a diet and asked my students to tell me 5 things I should or shouldn’t do.
Writing about myself negatively is much easier. My friend challenged me to try to draw the positive. I can only think of 13 things. My friend added a few to help me out, how sweet she is. Which means this is an image of myself I need to grow and nurture both physically and on paper. I suppose I will have to learn to fill in the blanks as I go. I never realized how hard it was to find the positive things about myself until I tried. I have always had a hard time filling out lists that tell you to list qualities you like about yourself. It’s not an easy activity to do, but it proves a powerful lesson. The negative in our lives easily overpowers any positives if we let it.
There is an image that sometimes gets pinned or passed around that talks about if what we spoke was put on our skin would we change how we speak? Or if what you said was written on your skin would you still be beautiful?