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My Declaration of Self-Esteem
 
I am ME.

In all the world, there is no one else 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 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 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 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 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. 

- Virginia Satir

 
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