Thought For Week
'Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.' ~Bruce Lee
In working with young people, it is a privilege to hear and listen to their stories. They find it so good to be able to share, to know that they will not be judged and to know that they will be listened to. The two bits of advice that I often find myself sharing with them is 'Be yourself' and 'That it's ok to say no'. I came across this reflection during the week. It's not just relevant for young people but for everyone.
I do not have to feel guilty just because someone else does not like what I do, say, think or feel.
It's ok for me to feel angry and to express it in responsible ways.
I have the right to say I don't understand without feeling stupid or guilty.
I have the right to say I don't know.
I have the right to say no without feeling guilty.
I do not have to apologise or give reasons when I say no.
I have the right to refuse requests which others make of me.
I have the right to tell others when I think they are manipulating, cunning or treating me unfairly.
I have the right to refuse additional responsibilities without feeling guilty.
I have the right to tell others when their behaviour annoys or upsets me.
I have the right to make mistakes and to be responsible for them.
I have the right to be wrong.
I do not have to be liked, admired or respected by everyone for everything I do.
I have the right to admit that I'm human with limitations and weaknesses and not pretend that everything is just right.
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