Things I Appreciate About Myself

March 4, 2021

I would like to talk about things I appreciate about myself. And I want to preface it with, I am a work in progress. So, these are things I practice and things I aspire to. Okay, I’m a very empathic person. Sometimes I’m a raving empath, which is not the way I want to be, it’s not in balance. But as an empath, I look at all people as divinely made in the image of God. I look for God within. I believe that God is within all of us, and all people are created equal.

And I look for the idea of the common good, that we all deserve the blessings of the earth and the blessings of kindness and compassion toward one another. I say the Serenity Prayer a lot, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” So, the wisdom is the challenge at times. I also work at accepting the joys and sorrows of this passing life. That’s from a prayer, and it just kind of speaks to me.

I also believe in divine order, that God is in and works through all things and all people. I give thanks for blessings already on the way. I practice gratitude. It’s something that I plan to practice more and more, because for me, being grateful is an antidote to fear and anxiety. I can’t hold those two emotions together. It’s one or the other. So, I practice that. I believe in unconditional love and in loving kindness as practices. And I feel that if I am doing these things, then I can be a model to other people, to look at alternatives to fear, and so forth.

I am an explorer of spiritual gifts. I’m in a meeting, we meet once a week, and the topic is exploring spiritual gifts, like psychic intuition. You know, I believe we all have psychic intuition. I just want to develop whatever there is in my spirit, and it’s been very interesting. I just have had the second meeting, and already I’m getting feedback that what I’m saying, after meditation, what I’m saying in response to a prompt directed to tell another person what they might wish to know, I have received a response from that person that my words were helpful. And it’s encouraging, so I’m going to continue to do that.

I look for the good in any situation, because we don’t always know. Maybe, you know, maybe what happened, maybe it’s good, maybe it’s bad. We don’t know. I’ve got a story that goes with that, but another time. I laugh at my many mistakes that I make. You know, it’s just a first response. And I’m gonna keep it up because there you go. I’m optimistic and I’m outgoing. I like to reach out to family and friends. I don’t always get responses, but that’s okay.

I have been described as a woman of integrity. And I like that. I say yes to life. An example would be, whenever my daughter asks me to do something, I say yes 99.9% of the time. I’m open to new possibilities, new ways of seeing things. I very much like the unity principles. It’s a church but not a heavy denominational church. The principles of radical inclusiveness, of spiritual groundedness, of doing service with time, talent or treasure. I see myself as kind and compassionate to others as well as myself. And I treat people and myself as the divine beings that we are, made in the image of God. We are all connected in one spirit. We can choose to treat each other as the divine beings we are.

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