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How do I love thee (self-reflection)

Wednesday, March 10, 2021


I'm sure most of you are familiar with Elizabeth Barrett Browning's sonnet "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”. For a weekend challenge on one of my teams, we have been asked to write a love letter to ourselves so I'm using that poem as inspiration.

For anyone struggling with self-esteem, it takes a huge leap of faith to admit you like yourself, let alone "love" yourself. So please understand that this isn't the easiest blog for me to write but one which I think might inspire others to acknowledge their own uniqueness.

Over the years, I've always been pretty critical of myself and, to this day, find it hard to accept a genuine compliment. It is almost like I am waiting for the 'but' to drop. A good co-worker/friend of mine has been randomly complimenting me over the past year and has been teaching me how to be gracious and not to look for that "inner" but. Let's face it, in today's world nobody has time to be singing your praises unless they mean it and the inner "but" is just a voice that needs to be silenced

Okay, I've still not gotten to the point. "How do I love thee, Susan? Let me list some ways"

I am supportive of others. I am approachable. I am capable. I am loyal. I am resilient. I am genuine. I am unique. I am friendly. I am talented. I am worthy. I am needed. I am resourceful. I am intelligent. I am loving. I am thoughtful. I am brave. I am funny. I am loved!

I am more than the mental illness that often tries to defines me! I've literally spent the first half of my life being super critical of myself instead of embracing my own uniqueness. Susan, you are who you were meant to be - always remember that! xo
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