After years of being told I wasn’t good enough
My dietary choices were offensive,
It wasn’t ok to sit and knit when visiting the in-laws,
I didn’t keep the house clean enough,
My meditation practice was selfish—
The old programming has been hard to uproot.
But I am fortunate, because I have been given
Tools and resources to recover.
One of them is positive self-talk.
My current favorite mantra is
I love you and I’m proud of you.
It works wonders. I feel more confident and relaxed,
It no longer feels like a catastrophe when my house isn’t perfectly clean and organized,
And I like myself. I like being me.
I’m ok with being alone.
Try it out. See how it feels.
If it feels fake and forced,
Keep trying. You might discover
That you actually do love yourself.