Saturday, September 11, 2010

My Declaration of Self-Esteem
by Virginia Satir

In all the world; there is no one else exactly like me.
There are people who have some parts like me, but no one adds up 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 mind, 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 can then make it possible for all of me to work in my interest.

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 thatwhich 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.



Peace to You and Yours eith Love