Endigar 857

From Courage to Change of April 27:

Self-esteem grows when I love and accept myself as I am. I block my own well-being each time I base my self-worth on what I do or what others think of me. If I could please all the people on the earth, If I could “straighten everyone out” and remedy all the difficulties they face, if I could make the world a perfect place — even then, I probably still would not feel good about myself. Indeed, I would have had to give up all of my “self” to accomplish this impossible task.

I cannot be prefect. I cannot make others perfect. Yet I am worth of love, respect, and joy. Let me remind myself each day that I am the child of a perfect Higher Power. That, in itself, commands respect — my respect — for the miraculous “self” I have been given. When I hold this at the forefront of my mind, I will not give up my “self” in the course of any endeavor.

Today’s Reminder

Today, when faced with choices, I will opt for the path that enhances my self-esteem.

“I am learning to live a full life, one in which I like and care for the person I am.”

Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism

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There is part of me that was embedded in my creation. I call that thing that I believe to be more than animal genetics the god-shard. What good is an infant human? It cannot work and contribute to the household or even financially justify its own existence. Its ability to produce socially valuable intelligence will take a large investment of care and attention. If it ever produces something of great value to its environment, it will be a long time coming. The survival systems we have established see human beings as necessary replacement cogs in our cultural machines. Yet, if that is the limit of our value, there is no justification for personal liberty. In fact, it is a great liability.

The Founding Fathers of the United States concluded that there was intrinsic value in the human being and that we had inalienable rights (and undeniable responsibilities). Our liberty was justified by the possibility that our personal spiritual relationships would allow us to see that thing that was implanted within. That hunger for self-expression, for social and spiritual connection, for perpetual growth serves as a validation that there is something within each of us that is our own Word of God to the world. To smother it in self-doubt is a loss for all of us collectively. I matter and so do you.

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