Has everybody gotten the message that I love my work — doing group and individual therapy at a Boston hospital-based primary care practice ?
Part of that work involves helping people let go of esteem-damaging messages they’ve heard from others (and internalized), including
You haven’t accomplished enough
You’re never good enough
Parts of you are unacceptable
You’re not worthy of love
I encourage people to challenge these toxic and habitual messages with health-promoting, affirmative messages, such as
I deserve to be seen, heard, and loved, exactly the way I am.
What kinds of messages do you give yourself?
At work, I receive lots of messages, every day, through email and voicemail.
Yesterday, I received one of the best voicemail messages, ever:
My doctor said you were good at talking to people who are not good at talking to people.
What messages do you get from these photos I took yesterday, before and after I heard that voicemail message?
Any messages — bottled or otherwise — you’d like to cast up on the shores of this post?
I hope you get the message that I’m grateful for people I work with, for my bf Michael (who cooked me something delicious when I got home last night at 9 PM), for Edmund Bourne (who wrote a great book about letting go of unhelpful messages), for Yankees, for ducks, for dogs, for cats, for bicyclists, for flowers, for bright colors, for The Police, and — of course — for you!