February 22, 2015

The Courage To Be Myself... ♥

Back in 1994, while on a ski trip in Breckenridge, Colorado, I ran across this poster in a gift shop. The title of it caught my attention. Curious, I began to read it. The message touched my spirit so profoundly that I had to buy it. The funny thing is, I had to lug that poster with me on the airplane back to Los Angeles, California. I didn't care. It was a long poster attached to cardboard backing. I didn't want to bend or roll it up because I wanted to hang it on my wall just as it was. I still have it hanging right next to the door frame of my bedroom. So everytime I exit my bedroom it's right there for me to see. I've had it for so long, I admit that I don't read it everyday. However, on occasion my spirit stops me and I unconsciously begin reading this message. I'm grateful that my spirit knows what it needs and at those times it's nourishment.

I hope this message touches you as it touched me. May it bring you peace, love, understanding and acceptance of who you are. Enjoy!

The Courage To Be Myself
By: Sue Patton Thoele

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 it ~

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 ~ Honor my own needs ~
Communicate lovingly with understanding as my goal ~
Give myself credit for my accomplishments ~

Love the little girl/boy within me ~
Overcome my addiction to approval ~
Grant myself permission to play ~ Quit being a responsible 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 to 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-bye to guilt ~
Plant "flower" NOT "weed" thoughts in my mind ~
Treat myself with respect AND teach others to do the same ~

Fill my own 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 lovable ~
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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