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Declaration of Self Esteem

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I was going through some computer files this morning cleaning some things up. I found this, which I had forgotten about. It is a good reminder to me and I thought I'd share.

My Declaration of Self-Esteem
by Virginia Satir


In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me
Everything that comes out of me is authentically me
Because I alone chose it - I own everything about me
My body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions,
Whether they be to others or to myself - I own my fantasies,
My dreams, my hopes, my fears - I own all my triumphs and
Successes, all my failures and mistakes Because I own all of
Me, I can become intimately acquainted with me - by so doing
I can love me and be friendly with me in all my parts - I know
There are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other
Aspects that I do not know - but as long as I am
Friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously
And hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles
And for ways to find out more about me - However I
Look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever
I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically
Me - If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought
And felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is
Unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that
Which I discarded - I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do
I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be
Productive to make sense and order out of the world of
People and things outside of me - I own me, and
therefore I can engineer me - I am me and


© Virginia Satir, 1975.

Thanks so much today to all our vets and military personnel for the sacrifices made past present and future. We are so priviliged to have the freedoms we do and it's because of our military men and women over the years, and we intend to keep it from the present and ones to come. And remember also the families of those who serve. The mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, husbands, wives, children, and others who support those serving. It's hard on them too. I appreciate all of you!
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    Very nice!! I'm so glad you shared this with us!! I used to attend a group that would share a song that went something like this:

    I love myself the way I am,
    there's nothing I need to change.
    I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can.
    I love myself just the way I am.

    At the time, a little voice inside myself would reply 'no I don't - I have lots of things that need to change' and so forth but I'm very happy to say that TODAY I really do love myself the way I am! And I finally realized that 'nothing I need to change' is not the same as 'I'd like to improve this or that but I'm ok without the change, too.' Big lesson for me!

    1977 days ago
    emoticon Thanks for sharing
    We had a similar one at our TOPS meeting a couple weeks ago entitled
    "I am Special"
    It does help to remind ourselves just how special we are
    One day at a time

    1981 days ago
  • STRINGI719
    It's so important that we block out all the voices in the world telling who we should be and just listen to the still, small voice inside of us that tells us who our Creator made us to be. We can never be happy if we keep trying to be someone we're not.
    1982 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    I love this declaration. I am most happy when I recognize I really do own all of me.
    1983 days ago
  • L1ZB3TH354
    Thanks for sharing. Beautiful blog!
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  • UNICORN212
    Love it!
    1984 days ago
    Lovely declaration! I am me, and the only me that shall be!
    And, as a Vet, thank you and you're welcome emoticon
    1984 days ago
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