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Dave Scarbrough's Self Esteem page

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light, And where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled, as to console; To be understood, as to understand; To be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. ~ Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

When you are married to a teacher that teaches in the inner city you quickly learn self esteem concepts.  Self esteem basically means learning to love yourself and learning to look for the positive in your world.  Loving yourself and thinking positively is contagious.  When you begin to think in this manner you will draw people to you that want to be your friend (or lover if you are single).  This will improve your self esteem even more and theirs as well.

Whatever religious tradition you are from it is important to conceptualize that you are an immortal spirit being and that you are precious.  This concept alone will improve your self esteem if you internalize it.  If you have no religious beliefs then at least try to conceptualize that your life here on earth has profound potential and that you have the ability to touch many lives if you believe.  That belief will also improve your self esteem if you internalize it.  

The statements above are called positive affirmations, or beliefs that you tell yourself often in order to get rid of the negative affirmations that others have told you or you have told yourself.  Negative affirmations will damage your self esteem.  Positive affirmations will improve it if you can internalize them.  Here are some excellent affirmations that I found on a another website 


Some additional positive things you may wish to consider to improve your self esteem are lots of friendships, knowing yourself and what makes you happy, knowing what love really is, learning to laugh, and living in the present.

"To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children
To earn the appreciation of honest critics,
and endure the betrayal of false friends.
To appreciate beauty. To find the best in others
To leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch or a redeemed social condition.
To know one life has breathed easier because you have lived--
that is to have succeeded."  Emerson

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