Post by Susan Peabody on Feb 28, 2009 14:11:10 GMT -8
While I had to give up perfectionism, I couldn’t feel good about myself unless I lived up to some reasonable standards. This is where my self-respect comes from. Therefore, I had to begin incorporating some reasonable self-discipline in my life. This meant giving up my addictions. I knew I couldn’t be totally out of control and have high self-esteem.
At first, I thought the idea of earning self-respect contradicted the idea of self-acceptance or loving myself unconditionally. However, I finally decided that, because of the complexity of human nature, I did need to find some balance between the two. So, today, I expect to put forth some effort in order to engender self-respect, but I also love myself when I fall short.