I am me – by Virginia Satir (1964)


In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me

Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine

Because I alone chose it – I own everything about me

My body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions

Whether they be to others or 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 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 and …


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