Thursday, June 11, 2009

A great "Declaration"

This is a wonderful read for anyone, at any time. The timing of it, for me, was perfect.
My Declaration of Self-Esteem by Virginia Satir (1975)

In all the world, there is no one else like me.

There are persons who have parts like me, but no one adds up exactly like me.

Therefore, everything that comes from me is authentically mine, because I choose it.

I own everything about me:
My body, including everything it does;
My mind, including all its thoughts and ideas;
My eyes, including the images they behold;
My feelings, whatever they may be...Anger, joy, frustration, love, disappointment, excitement;
My mouth, and all the words that come out of it,
Polite, sweet or rough, correct or incorrect;
My voice, loud or soft;
And all of my actions, whether they be to others or to myself.

I own my own fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, and my fears.

I know that there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects that I do not know.
But as long as I am friendly to myself, I can courageously and hopefully look for the 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 time is me.
This is authentic and represents where I am at that moment in time.

When I review later how I looked and sounded,
What I said and did, And how I thought and felt,
Some parts may turn out to be unfitting.
I can discard that which proved unfitting, and keep that which proved fitting,
And invent something new for that which I discarded

I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do.
I have 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