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