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Iam me

In all the world,

there is no one else like me.

There are persons who have some parts like me,

but no one adds up exactly like me.


everything that comes out of me

is authentically mine

because I alone chose 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,

whatever they may be, anger, joy, frustration, love, disappointment, excitement;

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 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 can then make it possible for all of me

to work in my best interests.

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, and

whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time

is me.

This is authentic and represents where I am

at that moment in time.

When I review later

how I looked and sounded,

what I said and did,

and how I thought and felt,

some parts may turn out to be unfitting.

I can discard that which is unfitting,

and keep that which proved fitting,

and invent something new for that which I discarded.

I can see,





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


-Virginia Satir

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