Monday, January 11, 2010

h|thoughts: the courage to be myself

yes, i do believe in happy thoughts, aka h|thoughts - whether it's from a cutsie card, a bookmark with a saying, a fortune cookie, or in this case, a poster i bought more than 10 years ago from cost plus. the following hangs in one of my bathrooms ...

the courage to be myself!

I have 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 super women 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 ~
Communicate lovingly with understanding as my goal ~
Honor my own needs

~ 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 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 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 ~

~ Sue Patton Thoele

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