Something like 30 years ago, I typed out this poem by Virginia Satir on a manual type writer at Secretarial studies and here today it resurfaced into my hands to re-enforce a very important message on how unique we all are and how we are in control of our own self. Please have a read.
I AM ME
In all the world, there is no-one like me,
there are persons whos parts are like me,
but no-one adds up exactly like me.
Therefore, everything that comes out of me is authentically mine
because I alone choose it.
I own everything about me,
My body, including everything it does:
my mind, including all its thoughts and ideas:
my eyes, including the images of all they behold:
my feelings: no matter what they be:
my mouth, and all the words that come out of it,
Polite, sweet or rough,
correct or incorrect:
my voice, loud or soft:
and all my actions, whether they be to others or myself.
I own my fantasies,
I own all my triumphs and success,
All my failures and mistakes.
Because I own all of me,
I can become intimately acquainted with me
by doing so I can love me,
and be friendly with me in all my parts.
I can then make it possible for all of me to work in my best interest
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 the solutions to
the puzzles and for ways to find out more about me.
However I look and sound,
whatever I say and do,
what ever I think and feel, at a moment in time is me.
This is authentic and represents where I am in that moment in time.
When I review later how I looked and sounded,
and how I though and felt some parts may turn out to be unfitting.
I can discard that which proved unfitting
and invent something for that 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,
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 okay.