I received a gift the other day. I feel grateful and blessed to have people around me who support me with these amazing resources.
I was writing my new article on self esteem. I received a recommendation of Virginia Satir’s self esteem declaration. I read it once, and then again, and again, even though I knew it from before, I could not help reading it few times again now. It melt my heart and healed my soul. It felt like it is about me again. Never said better than here. And I decided to share that with you. Virginia Satir was one of the well known american authors and therapists of last century. Her practices were modeled and teach by psychologists, and sit at the foundation of NLP techniques.
BY VIRGINIA SATIR
„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, 1975.
Found in Virginia Satir, Self Esteem, Celestial Arts: California, 1975. and retrieved on Oct 19th from this website.
Next week we start a new series of workshops on Self Esteem. Looking forward to meet you there!