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Monday, October 29, 2012

WOW! This picture really appeals to me. There are actually times when I can say, "This is true!"

And then there are the other times . . .
It’s not that I’m unhappy with who I am – it’s just that sometimes the percentage dips. And that's okay . . .
because I’ve come to realize that for me it is less a matter of happiness –
and more a matter of becoming increasingly comfortable with who I am.
That means accepting all of me, as I am – and spending less time dividing myself into the parts I like and don’t like.

So I chose to focus on things that I am learning to appreciate and nurture.
1. I am becoming more comfortable with uncertainly. I like to ask questions that don’t need an immediate answer. I think I am allowing myself to be more curious about “what is” in my life instead of leaping to a quick judgment that it is either good or bad.

2. I am intelligent in a way that I find fascinating. I enjoy connecting the pieces of what I have read and experienced -- observing how they reveal a bigger truth than I knew before. I love the “ah – hah” experiences life brings me. I am definitely a life-long learner.

3. I am no longer afraid to feel (except sometimes). I am discovering so much joy that was covered up while I needed to defend myself from emotions that were too overwhelming. I am courageous enough to admit when I hurt and to openly celebrate what brings me delight.

4. I can admit when I have made a mistake. In fact I’m beginning to take them in stride because I’ve come to realize that everyone makes mistakes.

And this means I’m a member of a very large community of humans. :-)

5. I am willing to stop when I need to rest and take time for the people and activities that enliven my spirit. It’s a way of respecting my needs and taking care of myself.

“Compassion for myself is the most powerful healer of them all.”
Theodore Isaac Rubin

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    This was a great blog with some really awesome pictures. I love how you are so self-aware. Not enough people are and when they are, it's too often in a negative way, not a positive one. Thanks for sharing!
    1952 days ago
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    1958 days ago
    I really enjoyed reading this. It might do us all good to really look at ourselves and think about what we like about ourselves. I know as I get older, I definitely like myself more than I used to.
    1970 days ago
  • RFJSJ50
    I wish we lived closer so we could sit and talk - I know you'd be one of my best and favorite "real life" friends. Your blogs always give me so much to think about.
    1971 days ago
  • JILL313
    I think when I was little I loved myself a lot as didn't have such great expectations when I was just 6 or 7. I'm certainly a work in progress but do find with more and more learning and digging I know I like myself and even love myself more and more. As I've gotten older I've become my own person and don't let my families or friends expectations change who I am or want to be. I'm much more comfortable being me than I was in my 20s-50s. Age 65 seems to agree with me pretty well. I am in work in progress as I think everyone really is or should be. Times change but I know deep inside I am still the same person through thick and thin. You've written a beautiful and heartfelt blog. You have the gift of writing which I wish I had. I'm not nearly as hard on myself as I was when I was younger. I am what I am but improving myself along the way. I can't expect much more of myself than that.

    Have a Beautiful November!!

    Hugs & Love,


    1971 days ago
    This is a beautiful blog, and such a joy to read AND look at. Thank you so much for sharing your journey.
    1971 days ago
  • BARBIE176
    emoticon blog CJ! You made some emoticon observations about yourself and put them down in an amazing way. I am so happy that you have learned some wonderful things about yourself. It seems to be such a long, and windy road for so many of us. I love the quote about self-compassion. Thank you for sharing that too along with some beautiful pictures depicting your story.

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    1972 days ago
    emoticon It is such a joy to reach that place where we are comfortable in our own skin! emoticon
    1972 days ago
    Great observations, CJ. But, I'd be willing to bet that as ou become more and more comfortable with who you are, you will also experience a deeper sense of happiness, or maybe that's the wrong word...deeper sense of serenity, perhaps. Love your observations and sharing them with us! Hugs, Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1972 days ago
    That is an awesome blog and fabulous realizations! I'm so happy for you!
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  • DBELLE39
    Love this blog, very well written & illustrated!
    1972 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    This is one of the best blogs ever! I absolutely agree 100% (or sometimes 99%) about your astute observations about life and yourself. Wisdom and simplicity!
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    1972 days ago
    I am learning some of the same things you are. Some of them have to be bashed into my brain several times before I get it. emoticon emoticon As long as I eventually learn I guess is what matters the most. Learning to be compassionate with myself is something I think I'm really learning after breaking my leg. That as well as having patience with myself and my recovery. emoticon

    Awesome emoticon blog!

    1972 days ago
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