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I Am Me

Dynamo
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Miami, FL
Hi AXENites,

Virginia Satir -- if you don't know who she is, she's the mother of the 6 stages of grief, Family Therapy, one of the principal teachers in the area of modern social work and an overall bad-ass.

When Neural Linguistic Programming (NLP) was picking thought leaders to model their method on, Virginia Satir was one of 3 luminaries they chose. She's required reading for any social worker or psychologist in all major university programs. Over the course of the next few weeks through the weekly AXEN messages I'm going to describe her philosophies, theories and models, but I'd like to share a poem she wrote that beautifully captures the purpose of her entire work, building self-love & self-esteem.

Here is the poem titles "I am me" by Virginia Satir.

I am me
My declaration of self-esteem
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 become 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 turned out to be unfitting, I can discard that which I feel is unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that which
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 &

I AM OKAY

See you on the Mountaintop,

Dynamo
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