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Coming to appreciate your innate
worth has nothing to do with enti-
tlement or putting yourself above oth-
ers. Rather, it involves a basic recog-
nition of your essential value as a
human being---realising that you have
done the best you could and made the
best choices you could see at a given
point in your life. More important,
unconditional worth does not have to
be earned, it belongs to you just as it
did when you were a young child.
Let s say someone invited you in to
gaze upon their newborn child or
month-old infant. Most of us would
gaze into that infant s wide eyes and
rate it 100 on the deservedness scale.
You were that child once. When did
you start subtracting, and why? Because
you made mistakes? Said unkind
things? Weren t always respectful or
kind? Had slips of integrity? (Well, if
you were already perfected, you
wouldn t be living on this planet!)
Each of us is a HIT---a human in
training. It s time you recognise that
you ve done the best you could each
day of your life, taking into account
your own baggage, information, lim-
itations, wounds and struggles. You
made the best choices you could see
at the time. And now, the time has
come to appreciate your innate worth
and choose the higher roads of life.
The power of grace
Even when you don t feel very kind,
or brave, or deserving, the roof over
your head continues to shelter you from
storms, the sun shines upon you, your
chairs keep supporting you, and so does
your life. Life itself is an unearned gift.
This is the hidden meaning of grace.
If you have debts to pay, then pay
them forward in the currency of kind-
ness to others---not by punishing your-
self. Not ever again. It is not necessary.
It never has been.
Daily life assignments:
(1) Remind yourself: Write out the
following words on a post-it, or piece
of paper, and post it on your bathroom
mirror so you see it each and every
day: How good can I stand it today?
(Because that s how much good you ll
(2) Just imagine: Let your imagination
drift to a better life. Fantasise yourself
as the star of a new movie of your life.
You no longer have to be an extra or
bit player, being told by others where
to go and what you can or can t do. In
this exercise you become the director,
the writer, and the star.
• Imagine, just for a moment, how
specifically you might have an improved
relationship (it may be with your current
partner, but with some different ele-
ments). Or, if it is a troubled relation-
ship, then with another partner.
• Now do the same in the work-
place---your current work, or another
career or calling. What kind of work
situation might you wish for?
• Let your mind drift to another area
of life---what possibilities might await
For any and all of these areas:
• Is it possible to draw closer to your dreams?
Why or why not?
• What steps might you take?
• Who is stopping you? (If the answer is "me,"
then this "me" can instead become a friend and sup-
Most of us have been our own "worst enemy"
sometime in the past. Can you recall a choice you
have made or action taken that you now see as a
subconscious act of self-sabotage? What will you do
to avoid such sabotage in the future?
How have you responded to favours, gifts, or oppor-
tunities? How might you respond differently now?
What advice might you give yourself, as your own
best friend, about allowing yourself to live a more
abundant, enjoyable life?
The next time an opportunity arises that might
interest you, or someone offers to give you something
or do something for you---instead of the reactive,
"Oh, thanks, but I couldn t" open your arms and
heart and mind, and say, "Yes! Thank you!" (Even
if you don t feel deserving.)
When you are alone, in quiet moments---as odd
as it may feel---every once in a while, open your arms
wide and say to an imagined person, or to life itself:
"Yes! Thank you!" And let this be your approach to
living---from now on.
The series on "Self Worth" is an excerpt from the
Master the Path of the Peaceful Warrior online course
which you can pursue, if you found the series inspir-
If you would like to share your experiences,
please email me: email@example.com
Your innate and unconditional worth ---PART 3
JANICE LEARMOND CRIQUI CPC, ACC
Ideal Life Associate Certified Coach
Every once in a
while, open your
arms wide and say:
"Yes! Thank you!"
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