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.
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.
My Declaration of Self-Esteem
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