photo by Duguay
Over the years I have collected random bits of wisdom on paper that resonated with me. I found one such bit as I cleaned out my bedside end table -the first time in 4 years. (It wasn't so bad!) It was a yellowed piece of paper and written on it, I found more treasured wisdom that I want to share with you:
We all need to feel that we matter, that our lives have some importance in the scheme of things.
To have self-esteem, we must be able:
- to see that our lives have worth and meaning whether we succeed or fail in any particular undertaking.
- to accept ourselves as we are, with our strengths and weaknesses.
- to know that we are responsible for choosing what attitudes we shall take toward life.
To increase self-esteem, we must know:
- that we are unique on the face of the earth and that we do not have to be a copy of someone else.
- that we are loved and cared for as we are, not as someone thinks we should be.
- that we are responsible for our own life and the attitude we take toward life in general. Our spiritual life is measured by attitudes, not beliefs.
- that we are responsible for discovering the uniqueness of those around us, not only for fulfilling our own unique possibilities.
Achieving self-esteem is a process, not an event:
- it grows when you discover what you do well and get on with it.
- it is encouraged when you accept the appreciation and goodwill of other people.
- it is strengthened when you discover that you are making a unique contribution to the lives of other people and to a purpose bigger than you are.
I hope this made you feel as good as it made me feel; a nice mental chiropractic adjustment!