Thursday, May 22, 2008

"The Courage to be Myself" by Donna K. Gilbert

I have the courage to......

Embrace my strengths
Get excited about life
Enjoy giving and receiving love
Face and transform my fears
Ask for help and support when I need to
Spring free of the Superwoman/man Trap.

Trust myself
Make my own decisions and choices
Befriend myself
Complete unfinished business
Realize that I have emotional and practical rights
Talk as nicely to myself as I do to my plants
Communicate lovingly with understanding as my goal.

Honor my own needs
Give myself credit for my accomplishments
Love the little girl/boy within me
Over come my addiction to approval
Grant myself permission to play
Quit being a Responsibility Sponge
Feel all of my feelings and act on them appropriately
Nurture others because I want to, not because I have to
Choose what is right for me- Insist on being paid fairly for what I do
Set limits and boundaries and stick by them
Say "yes" only when I really mean it.

Have realistic expectations
Take risks and accept change
Grow through challenges
Be totally honest with myself
Correct erroneous beliefs and assumptions
Respect my vulnerabilities
Heal old and current wounds
Favor the mystery of Spirit.

Wave good-buy to guilt
Plant "flower" not "weed" thoughts in my mind
Treat myself with respect and teach others to do the same
Fill my cup first, then nourish others from the overflow.

Own my own excellence
Plan for the future but live in the present
Value my intuition and wisdom
Know that I am loveable
Celebrate the differences between men and women
Develop healthy, supportive relationships
Make forgiveness a priority.

Accept myself just as I am now.

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