The following is a self-compassionate letter that Rod has written to himself to refer to when unwell or facing a difficult situation.
My Dear Self
I know I have come a long way.
There is no need to worry about the current situation.
It is just a setback. I will soon be back on track.
I will be resilient and realise that life is all about ups and downs and it’s not about trying to be perfect. I will take things slowly by being patient, i.e. I will take baby steps.
I will love myself and accept myself.
I will have people around me that are compassionate and people who will try to understand me.
I will not be timid and hide in a corner but will be assertive letting people know what I want in a calm positive manner.
I will always be myself.
I can’t be anyone else and will accept these bad things that are happening to me are part of me and part of my journey.
Things will be better soon.
Rod, Lorikeet Centre Member
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