I have had a few different therapists throughout my life.
The therapist I saw after my parent’s divorce was a “nosy, stupid adult with a clipboard.” The therapist I saw in college was alright but temporary because my state university only offered 20 free sessions. The therapist I saw when I first moved to New York spent the entire hour of our first session asking my opinion on whether or not he should move his practice to New Mexico. (Yes. Leave.)
My current therapist is juuuuuuuust right.
I think she is a perfect fit for me (at this point in my life) because she is calm, passionate, and all about action. If you want something to be different, make it so.
She gives me homework assignments in order to ensure that I am actively participating in my own growth, blah, blah, blah…some bullshit. I don’t know. I wasn’t listening.
That was a joke.
But I made that joke because all of this self help stuff, and talking about it openly, makes me very uncomfortable. I hate the idea of becoming ….cheesy. I have had friends who have been in the middle of their own quest for happiness and they suddenly turn in to life affirming quotation machines!
Dance like no one is watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like no one is listening….
…Live like no one is rolling their goddamn eyes.
Well, one of the daily homework assignments that I have been given makes me particularly uncomfortable.
She has asked me to read, out loud, every morning, a daily affirmation.
Psssh! She must be out her damn mind. Who does she think I am??!
I’m a United States Senator!
Now. For the first few days, I left the daily affirmation, folded in half, inside my notebook.
For the next few days, I started pulling it out, reading a little bit of it, and rolling my eyes until I passed out.
Finally, I pulled it out of my notebook. Sat in front of my mirror and read it. Out loud. To me. After all, who does she think I am? She thinks I am someone who is spending her hard earned, pre-tax dollars to become a stronger more present adult. (Yuck.) And she is right. I am on a mission. I chose to accept it. So I have to do the work.
So. Here goes…..
It is a victory, not a failure, to admit my problems, acknowledge any wrong I’ve done,
and turn to a higher power for help.
I always flinch at the “higher power” line. I don’t consider it a victory to turn to a higher power. I consider turning to someone of flesh and bone with real time judgments and preconceived notions much more victorious.
It is healthy to accept and love myself and let others love me, for I am worthy of respect and love.
NEW VOICE: NO! Don’t do that. Just say it.
What?! Sometimes I am an asshole.
NEW VOICE: So is everyone else! You love a lot of assholes. Are they worthy of that love?
Haha…YOU love a lot of assholes…
It is okay to trust myself and others.
I can be responsible for myself, just as others can be responsible for themselves.
It’s not that I am nearly incapable of trusting people because I don’t think it is “okay.” It is just difficult. It can lead to so much disappointment. But I suppose I should admit that it is okay to trust myself. I just need to focus on not letting myself down. I am the only one who can do that.
It is possible for me to be happy, since happiness depends on myself and my attitude, not on other people or things.
I would love to believe this. And I suppose that is why I am here. Though, I am slowly but surely discovering how much of your own happiness is created by your own mind. Alright. I’m listening….
It is possible for me to change if I set realistic goals; I can reach them one step and one day at a time.
Exactly! Realistic goals! Ever since I was a kid, the words “goals” and “dreams” were interchangeable. When I plotted out my life there were no small, achievable goals in between 12 year old me and being the second female Primetime late night talk show host/civil rights attorney. I overwhelmed myself with my OWN expectations. Which is insane!
I can’t do everything, or do everything perfectly, but I can do something. If I fail, it’s okay.
Damn right! I can’t do everything! And when trying to do everything, you are most certainly going to be doing something for the first time which you rarely if ever do perfectly. Especially if you’re trying to do everything! But if I set realistic, achievable goals and I accept that “if at first I don’t succeed, try try again…” Oh no. I’m becoming a positivity quotations meme.
There’s no failure except in not trying.
The only way I can let myself down is if I don’t get back up. I need to trust that I have the power to just get back up. “Evolution only recognizes action.” Jesus. There I go again….
It’s all right to set limits to keep my sanity and serenity
I just want to note that there was a typo in this affirmation. (It reads “It’s all right” meaning “all things are accurate” and it should read “It’s alright” meaning “it is fine.”) And the writer/nerd/perfectionist/stop wants to completely disregard this as helpful but the person who is struggling to accept the flaws in herself also needs to accept the flaws in others. But….
It’s okay to let things go that cannot be changed or that do not matter.
Alright. I’ll let it go.
So. There. I did it. With only a little bit of push back.
I will say, the great things about affirmations, and this one in particular. Each sentence addresses whatever I want it to address really. It is like reading a horoscope.
The Moon in Leo, Venus in Sagittarius, and your head in Uranus,
exciting possibilities in your love life are on the horizon!
“I DO have a date tonight. That is amazing!” – You
Yea. You know what’s amazing? You made that mean exactly what you needed it to mean.
Which. Might be. One of the biggest lessons I have learned five days into this year long quest.
You make it what you want to make it.
You are in total control of how you interpret anything.
So get your head out of Uranus and start interpreting your own destiny!
One sentence at a time.