Stand Up 4 Yourself

My friend D.J. was a retired nurse. A stroke at the age of 39 took his medical career and his martial arts studies. But he plowed on through life for another sixteen years lecturing and giving concerts on disability rights and spiritual health.

He was not perfect and claimed to have more flaws than any ten people put together. He endured deadly depression, and he loved to help others fight their own depression. He noticed one day that I was depressed and asked why.

I said, “I don’t know. I just think I’m no good. I just keep telling myself I’m no good and–”

“STOP!” he said. DJ was about five-foot-four and maybe weighed a buck and a quarter, but he had an immense and powerful voice. He shut me up quickly. Then he said. “You wouldn’t let anybody else talk to you that way, would you?”

I said, “No.”

He said, “Then don’t you do it, either.”

I already knew better, but that reminder from a fellow brawler stuck with me ever since.

It takes courage to stand up for yourself. It takes work, and it takes good habits.

Stand-Up-4-Yourself Workout

Start in the left column and choose one item from each column
to build a postive statement about yourself.
Repeat ten times. Add items to far right column that fit you best.

In every

moment,

at every

opportunity,
I’m becoming more relaxed
more mature
healthier
happier
wealthier
stronger
more successful
I’m becoming a better listener
fighter
communicator
teacher
student
financial manager
I’m becoming a
more attentive
father/mother
husband/wife
child
neighbor
friend

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