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A Goal of Living: Self-esteem Comes from Within

The next poem has a lot of meaning for me and I hope it has some meaning for you too—

I am ME

by Virginia Satir

I am me.

In all the world, there is no one exactly like me.
There are persons who have some parts like me,
but no one adds up exactly like me.

Therefore, everything that comes out of me
is authentically mine because I alone 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 of all 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 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 doing so I can love me and be friendly with me in all parts.
I can then make it possible for all of me to work in my best interests.

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 me.
This is authentic and represents where I am in 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 is 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 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

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Gratitude: “Morning Prayer to the Four Airs”

I give thanks that I have risen again today and to the Great Rising of
Life Itself.

As the sun brightens up the sky and earth, may my soul be bright with
gratitude for
all the good things in my life. May I be generous in sharing these with others.

I give thanks that I have risen again today and to the Great Rising of
Life Itself.

As the trees, rivers, animals and everything sing their songs of life,
may my soul sing the song of my heart. May I sing gladly whether in
joy or in sorrow, and may it help me find humor and laughter in the
day.

I give thanks that I have risen again today and to the Great Rising of
Life itself.

As the sun crosses the sky to where it will set in the west, may my
soul proceed on its journey through life. May I keep the vision of my
life ever before me and may I have faith that my life has meaning.

I give thanks that I have risen again today and to the Great Rising
of Life Itself.

As everything in nature strives to live and survive, may my soul be
strong in its struggles. May I meet adversity with courage and hope.

I give thanks that I have risen again today and to the Great Rising of
Life Itself.

As the earth spreads out from me to the horizon, may my soul expand to
embrace it.
May I speak the truth of the land and take responsibility for my life.

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by Tom Cowan 
(based on a 19th century prayer of the Scottish Highlands)

http://www.wisdomcommons.org/wisbits/4275-morning-prayer-to-the-four-airs