Sometimes it’s hard to be me, but I deeply and completely love and accept myself, I forgive myself, and anybody else, for contributing to this situation. I have issues like:
- not having enough time to do all the things I want, but that’s ok
- not completing things I start, but that’s ok
- not being able to profit from the benefits that come from specializing; not making a commitment to a career, but that’s ok
- having a tendency to be ungrounded; getting lost in plans or fantasies, but that’s ok
- feeling confined when I’m in a one-to-one relationship, but that’s ok
But hey! Life is mostly good. I choose to appreciate myself for:
- being optimistic and not letting life’s troubles get me down
- being spontaneous and free-spirited
- being outspoken and outrageous. It’s part of the fun.
- being generous and trying to make the world a better place
- having the guts to take risks and to try exciting adventures
- having such varied interests and abilities
I now CHOOSE to release…
- all reckless and destructive impulses.
- feeling that I will be overwhelmed by anxiety.
- all compulsions and addictions.
- burning myself out by trying to satisfy all of my desires.
- running away from the consequences of my actions.
- insulting or abusing others to vent my frustrations.
- allowing my insecurities to drive me into dangerous situations and behavior.
- sacrificing my health and happiness for instant gratification.
- being demanding and impatient with others.
- fearing that there will not be enough for me.
- always feeling that I need more.
- wanting every moment to be exciting and dramatic.
- escaping from myself through distractions and constant activity.
- letting my lack of self-discipline ruin my opportunities.
- overextending myself with more than I can do well.
- believing that external things will make me happy.
I now CHOOSE to affirm…
- that I am happiest when I am calm and centered.
- that I can say no to myself without feeling deprived.
- that there will be enough for me of whatever I need.
- that I am resilient in the face of setbacks.
- that I find satisfaction in ordinary things.
- that I stay with projects until I complete them.
- that I care deeply about people and am committed to their happiness.
- that there is a spiritual dimension to my life.
- that I am profoundly grateful to be alive.
Renee Baron & Elizabeth Wagele, The Enneagram Made Easy
Don Richard Riso, Enneagram Transformations