"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us." 
                                                              -Helen Keller


She needs support, he needs support,you need support and I need support.  There is absolutely NOTHING to be ashamed of when it comes to needing someone to be there for us when we need them! Be it a trusted relative, friend, clergy member, teacher, therapist or support hotline, EVERYBODY needs support at one time or another.  <>

I would like you now to please consider the fact that there are many different television shows that center around the idea of people being there for one another.  The first one that comes into my mind is the popular hit sitcom called "
FRIENDS." During the course of any give episode, we find the six friends -Monica (Courtney Cox), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), Rachel Jennifer Aniston), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Ross (David Schwimmer) essentially interacting with one another in a loving, caring, sensitive and humorous manner.

Should one the characters find themselves in a stressful situation (and what sitcom character DOESN'T?)  before you can even utter the word "FRIENDS" at least one out of the six will have already attempted to do whatever she/he can possibly do in order to alleviate whoever is in trouble. Isn't that GREAT?! I LOVE IT

HEAR THE "FRIENDS" THEME SONG!
 

A number of years ago, a friend of mine gave me a poster as a present and now I would like to share its deeply profound (as well as truthful) words with you in the hope that it will now give to YOU what it constantly gives to ME. 
 
 

MY DECLARATION OF SELF-ESTEEM
I AM ME

In all the world, there is no one else exactly like ME...Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine 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 and my fears . I own all of my triumphs and successes, all of my failures and mistakes. BECAUSE I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me.  By DOING so, I can love me, be friendly with me in all of my parts.  I know there are aspects of me 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, feel, hear, think, say and DO.  I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and 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!!!
                                                     -Virginia Satiir

 

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