I found this poem back when I was in H.S. and going through my “why can’t I get a date” phase. I’ve kept it with me, and reading it outloud daily, when I was going through my abusive relationship seriously helped me find my inner strength to make it through some pretty tough times when I really doubted myself. 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 mine
Because I alone choose 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 be 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, 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 OK.

Virginia Satir

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