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The Courage to be Myself
"It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be
who you really are."
--e.e.cummings


I have the courage to...

Embrace my strength ~ Get exited about life ~

Enjoy giving and receiving love ~ Face and transform my fears ~

Ask for help and support when I need it ~

Spring free of superwoman trap ~

Trust myself ~ Make my own decisions and choices-

Befriend myself ~ Talk as nicely to myself as I do to my plants~

Realize that I have emotional and practical rights~

Communicate lovingly with understanding as my goal~

Honor my own needs ~ Complete unfinished business~

Give myself credit for my accomplishments~

Love the little girl within me ~ Overcome 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 ~

Savor 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 over flow ~

Own my own excellence ~ Plan for the future but 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 as I am now ~


Exerpted from "The Courage To Be Yourself"

SuePatton

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