I know what you are thinking. Chocolate changed me? You might think, “yeah maybe changed the scale number.” But let me forewarn you, you are wrong my friend.
This is not a post about a new great chocolate diet that will get you everything you want out of life. This is not a post about having the answers to life because you gorge yourself with chocolate every afternoon. With all the sugars and ingredients, chocolate is definitely not the healthiest choice for a snack. If you’re going to eat it, at least eat dark chocolate, because according to WebMD (which I value as a trusted site in my personal opinion), dark chocolate has antioxidants in it as well as lowers your blood pressure.
Although, this is also not a post about which kind of chocolate to eat and why.
This is a post about giving my kudos to the Dove Chocolate company.
Because Dove prints inspirational quotes and sweet pick me ups on the inside of their wrappers, they have been my number one choice of a chocolate snack at the store; next to Peanut M&M’s and Snickers.
Years ago, when I would listen to the negative voice inside my head telling me I wasn’t good enough or smart enough to do something, naturally, I would turn to chocolate, as many young women do. Only whenever I opened up my chocolate to eat and think about my failures, I would get distracted by reading the wrappers. “Break the mold.” It would tell me.
These wrappers demanded me to “Forgive the past.” because I could have the power to “Change the world and make a difference today.”
I felt uplifted. I knew it was just a computer printing these silly sentences onto a wrapper for a great sales tactic. But what a great sales tactic it is!!! I don’t care if someone working at their computer desk who hates their life, gets paid to come up with these sayings or if Buddha himself said it, because in the end, it saved people like me. It let me know that it’s always too soon to give up. It’s always a bad idea to quit your progress, to lose your confidence and belief in yourself.
So after eating my piece of chocolate, my nuerons would start to fire at each other up in my noggin. I started realizing what I am worth. Maybe I can do more, I thought to myself. I never knew what my passion in life was, and that’s when I realized it was writing. I didn’t know what I was interested in learning, so that’s when I spent more time at the library and paying close attention to what catches my attention.
My temper fell. I sobered up. I made a blog. I started writing a book. I got rid of almost everything reminding me of my old life. I spent more time with my family. And whenever I heard the words “can’t, won’t, don’t, stop” – I simply shut them out. I learned how to remind myself, the way all the Dove Chocolate wrappers had before, that I was good enough. I was smart enough. I do have the power to be anything and do anything I want in this lifetime.
I am not suggesting you go out to your nearby drug store and by all the bags of Dove Chocolate to get your confidence back up. It is still something that must be kept in moderation, as anything great. However, take my story as a stepping stool. Recognize the negative thoughts in your thoughts, take a deep breath, and politely remind those thoughts that you are the bigger person. You got yourself to where you are now, and you can give yourself all of that credit. Don’t let petty thoughts or comments from anyone else bring you down, because you hold no obligation to them.
So never forget how great you are. It is never too late to start kicking