..to feel wonderful about yourself, too.
Yet again, I was rewarded while going through my mom’s stuff (there’s loads of it). She seemed to be constantly penning down her thoughts and collecting quotes – and here’s one I really HAVE to share here: it is by Virginia Satir.
I am Me. In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me. Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine, 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 myself. I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears. I own 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 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 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, and 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 I am Okay.
You too can make it your pledge, if you want. Some people will probably think its a bit too self-focused. But hey, if you don’t focus on yourself once in a while – who will? I see this as a positive attitude-building step. Enjoy!
Thank you, Mom! I am blessed to be your daughter – you were always so creative, full of fresh ideas and solutions. You will live infinitely, in our hearts.