Inherent Worth and Dignity

I am in my second year of UU Wellspring, a spiritual enrichment program for Unitarian Universalists.  We are currently doing the “Deep Questions” curriculum which looks at the 7 UU principles and their meaning in our life.

The first principle is the belief in “the inherent worth and dignity of every person.”  We discussed a lot about how we see this belief in our life and our interactions with others.  It surprised me, however, in my research on this, that I didn’t find anything on the inherent worth and dignity of self.

My entire journey to health is, at its core, based in the belief that I have inherent worth.  This worth means that I need to treat myself well, just like I would others.  I think of how I talk to my friends and how that differs from how I talk to myself.  I need to love myself the same way.

This is something I am going to keep digging into, as I was asked to prepare a sermon on it by my pastor, which is really exciting.


Why List


I’m back to Weight Watchers, though I missed this week (need to figure out a better time), and trying to get healthy and lose weight.  “But why?” you ask.  Excellent question.

  1. Because I want to be hot.  Or if not hot, I want feel beautiful in my clothes.  Plus, clothes are nicer at smaller sizes.
  2. Speaking of which, I want to wear knee high boots and pretty stuff from Victoria’s Secret, and to fit in NY & Co. clothing again.
  3. I have a 3 year old and I want to be a fun, active mommy and show him how to live healthy.  Plus, since I have him, I obviously need to live forever, or as long as possible.
  4. On the same vein, to have a happy, healthy marriage.  We’re pretty good, but it’d be better if I felt better about myself (which is all me; my husband has loved me at every size.)
  5. To easily fit in airplane seats and rides at Disney when we go in a few years.
  6. To mitigate my PCOS and family history of heart disease.
  7. To show myself that I can do it.