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"What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? And what happens? You make other mistakes, and when you have made all the mistakes you
 possibly can without drowning - and some of them many times over - what do you find? That you can swim? Well - life is just the same as learning to swim! Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live!"  by Alfred Adler, Austrian Physician and Psychiatrist and the founder of Individual Psychology

by Virginia Satir

I AM ME ... In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me. 
Everything that comes out of me is authentically me.
  Because I alone chose it – I own everything about me.
  My body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, 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 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 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 authentically
 me. If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought
 and felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is 
unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that 
which I discarded. I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do.  
I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be 
productive 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 OKAY

by Portia Nelson

Chapter One
I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk I fall in. I am lost ... I am helpless. It isn't my fault. It takes me forever to find a way out. 

Chapter Two
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don't see it. 
I fall in again. I can't believe I am in the same place. But, it isn't my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter Three
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I still fall in ... it's a habit. My eyes are open.  I know where I am. It is my fault. 
I get out immediately.

Chapter Four
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.

Chapter Five
I walk down another street.

  • “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “Pursue excellence, if you stumble, let it be a lofty mountain.” ~ Maori Proverb
  • "Change your thoughts and you can change your world.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale
  • “If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." Maya Angelou
  • “A misbehaved child is a discouraged child." ~ Rudolf Dreikurs
  • “Pain is inevitable … Suffering is optimal.” ~ Buddhist Saying
  • “We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.“ ~ George Bernard Shaw
  • "Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others." ~ Aristotle
  • “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” ~ Albert Einstein
  • "Nothing is impossible, the word it self says 'I'm possible'!" ~ Audrey Hepburn