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WHAT IíM LEARNING TO LIKE ABOUT MYSELF

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 . . .
Itís not that Iím unhappy with who I am Ė itís just that sometimes the percentage dips. And that's okay . . .
because Iíve come to realize that for me it is less a matter of happiness Ė
and more a matter of becoming increasingly comfortable with who I am.
That means accepting all of me, as I am Ė and spending less time dividing myself into the parts I like and donít 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 donít need an immediate answer. I think I am allowing myself to be more curious about ďwhat isĒ 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 ďah Ė hahĒ 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 Iím beginning to take them in stride because Iíve come to realize that everyone makes mistakes.



And this means Iím 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. Itís a way of respecting my needs and taking care of myself.

ďCompassion for myself is the most powerful healer of them all.Ē
Theodore Isaac Rubin



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JUSTLLAMA 11/18/2012 2:16AM

    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!

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VIMVIGOR 11/11/2012 5:11PM

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EATVEGAN 10/30/2012 10:23PM

    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.

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RFJSJ50 10/30/2012 10:48AM

    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.
Thanks!
Sheila

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JILL313 10/30/2012 9:46AM

    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,

Jill


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TRAVELGRRL 10/29/2012 4:23PM

    This is a beautiful blog, and such a joy to read AND look at. Thank you so much for sharing your journey.

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BARBIE176 10/29/2012 12:59PM

    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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NPA4LOSS 10/29/2012 10:35AM

    emoticon It is such a joy to reach that place where we are comfortable in our own skin! emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 10/29/2012 10:22AM

    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

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BIGPAWSUP 10/29/2012 10:12AM

    That is an awesome blog and fabulous realizations! I'm so happy for you!

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ESILBO 10/29/2012 8:38AM

    GREAT BLOG CJ, emoticon . I COMPLETELY RELATE TO THIS AND I NEED TO WORK ON COMPASSION FOR MYSELF.
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WINNINGBATTLE 10/29/2012 8:22AM

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DBELLE39 10/29/2012 8:12AM

    Love this blog, very well written & illustrated!

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JEANNE229 10/29/2012 5:40AM

    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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CATHYGETSFIT 10/29/2012 2:41AM

    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!

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Cathy

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