To be treated like a dog is a phrase that typically means to be treated badly. However, in my family, that means the best treatment of all!
Every day, several times a day, I tell my dog things like: “You’re a good Girl,” “You’re a pretty girl,” and, “You bring me SO much joy!”
Imagine how you’d feel if you received such heart-felt affirmations and support – rather than the critical comments we typically throw at ourselves?
Do those affirmation sound like a foreign language to you? Are they a far cry from what you usually say to yourself? Maybe your negative and critical self-talk has become so normal that you don’t hear how harsh it really is. And maybe, you’ve failed to realize the damage it’s doing – how it’s draining your energy and causing major resistance to what you want to achieve.
If so, you can choose to turn things around; starting right now, THINK before you speak – to yourself or anyone else. If what you are going to say isn’t Truthful, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and Kind, then don’t say it. – And, start treating yourself like a dog.
(Ephesians 4:29 NLT)