I Am ME by Virginia Satir

Virginia Satir was a renowned author and family psychotherapist who came to write this poem when she was working with an angry fifteen-year-old girl who had a lot of questions about herself and what life meant. I share this with you today because the words have meaning at any age. Enjoy! 😀

I am me.
In all the world, there is no one exactly like me.
There are persons who have some parts like me,
but no one adds up exactly like me.

Therefore, everything that comes out of me
is authentically mine because I alone choose it.
I own everything about me
My body including everything it does;
My mind including all its thoughts and ideas;
My eyes including the images of all they behold;
My feelings whatever they may be…
anger, joy, frustration, love, disappointment, excitement
My Mouth and all the words that come out of it
polite, sweet or rough, correct or incorrect;
My Voice loud or soft.
And all my actions, whether they be to others or to myself.

I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears.
I own all my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes.
Because I own all of me I can become intimately acquainted with me.
By doing so I can love me and be friendly with me in all parts.
I can then make it possible for all of me to work in my best interests.

I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me,
and other aspects that I do not know.
But as long as I am friendly and loving to myself,
I can courageously and hopefully, look for solutions to the puzzles
and for ways to find out more about me.

However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think
and feel at a given moment in time is me.
This is authentic and represents where I am in that moment in time.
When I review later how I looked and sounded, what I said and did, and how
I thought and felt, some parts may turn out to be unfitting.
I can discard that which is unfitting, and keep that which proved fitting,
And invent something new for that which I discarded.

I can see, hear, feel, think, say and do.
I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive,
and to make sense and order out of the world of people
and things outside of me.
I own me, and therefore I can engineer me.

I am me and I am okay

Have a wonderfull Sunday celebrating who you are! 😀


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  • Gamy says:

    But as long as I am friendly and loving to myself,
    I can courageously and hopefully, look for solutions to the puzzles
    and for ways to find out more about me.

    Beautiful poem..

    Hmmm.. this will be nice to make a movie on this poem…. If I find the inspiration for it ..this will be my next project 🙂

    Thanks for sharing, honey.


  • lorraine says:

    The key is self-love Gamy

    When we feel good about who we are, we see life in more expansive ways.

    I’m glad you enjoyed the poem. Have fun with it


  • jacqueline smith says:

    the poem is associated with beginning a new life in Jesus Christ . It conveys a fresh start. A new oppotunity to get right where we are wrong. Opportnuity to do and be whatever our hearts and minds desire. We are in control of our destiny. Our past should not predict our future. Take charge of your life and let God be your driving force.

  • i hope everybody will truly understand the message behind the poem, if that is so, there will be more love and peace because we have accepted who we are and what we can be capable of.
    God bless!
    adele r. castro
    nov.11, 2009

  • lorraine says:

    Amen Adele

    Thank you for your thoughts 😀

  • adila says:


  • lorraine says:

    I believe you are are missing the point and message of the poem Adila

    And you are entitled to your opinion and interpretation.

  • Lisa B. says:

    I found this poem on a poster when I was 13 years old. I framed it and I am now 46. This poem has helped many times in my life. I know it by heart.When things get me down I read it. I’ve made my 25 year old daughter read it many times.To me it’s self respect and loving who you are with everything and every change that you make in life.

  • lorraine says:

    Wow – how wonderfull that this poem has been such a positive inspiration for you and your daughter!

    May it continue to be a source of self-love for your family in future generations 😀

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