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A Manifesto.

Today I was perusing through some of my previously starred items on Google Reader (I usually star them if I think I would like to read them again later) and I refound this gem by Teresa Basich on Overcommunicated (which sadly no longer exists).

After years of putting energy into everyone but myself, it’s time I take a stand for ME in my life. I’ve commited to putting myself first and this is what that commitment looks like.
I will give confidence a chance.
I will draw boundaries.
I will look for love and support within.
I will strive for balance instead of living in extremes.
I will accept that my friends and family won’t hate me for putting myself first.
I will accept that some of those friends or family might not like or understand the changes I make.
I will start my days with openness, and trust that life and the universe will take care of me.
I will find ways to hone my focus and productivity.
I will honor and recognize my achievements and reward myself for them.
I will give me a break, cut me some slack, and even forgive me…then try again.
I will reflect on my actions constructively instead of beating myself up over them.
I will reflect on my actions as long as is needed to see their value and impact; I will not over-analyze or obsess.
I will live in a space I love that fosters comfort and creativity.
I will write once a day, even if it’s only one line.
I will stop comparing myself and my accomplishments to others.
I will trust my life won’t fall apart if I disconnect to spend time on my own.
I will assess if a situation is beneficial to my mission before getting involved in it.
I will look at the present moment to appreciate what I have, look at the future to see what I will have, and not live in my past.
If you liked the above Teresa now blogs here.   But at the end of the day, reading someone's personal manifesto is not about following them (although she did of course make it to my Google Reader now that I've found her url) but its about finding and/or writing a manifesto that suits you.  

Wiki says: "A manifesto is a public declaration of principles and intentions, often political in nature. Manifestos relating to religious belief are generally referred to as creeds. Manifestos may also be life stance-related." 

So I'm making that my goal for the rest of this month.  Before the end of WordCount Blog-a-thon 2011 I want to have written a personal manifesto to be featured here.  

What would yours say?


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