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This is to remind you that you do not have to be everything to everyone, and that YOU are IMPORTANT.

PERSONAL BILL OF RIGHTS

1. I have the right to ask for what I want.

2. I have the right to say no to requests or demands I can't meet.

3. I have the right to change my mind.

4. I have the right to make mistakes and not have to be perfect.

5. I have the right to follow my own values and standards.

6. I have the right to express all of my feelings, both positive or

negative, in a manner that will not harm others.

7. I have the right to say no to anything when I feel I am not ready, it

is unsafe, or it violates my values.

8. I have the right to determine my own priorities.

9. I have the right not to be responsible for others' behavior, actions,

feelings or problems.

10.I have the right to expect honesty from others.

11.I have the right to feel angry at someone I love and to express this

in a responsible manner.

12.I have the right to be uniquely myself.

13.I have the right to feel scared and say "I'm afraid."

14.I have the right to say "I don't know."

15.I have the right to make decisions based on my feelings, beliefs

and values.

16.I have the right to my own reality.

17.I have the right to my own needs for personal space and time.

18.I have the right to be playful and frivolous.

19.I have the right to be healthy.

20.I have the right to be in a non-abusive environment.

21.I have the right to make friends and be comfortable around

people.

22.I have the right to change and grow.

23.I have the right to have my needs and wants respected by others.

24.I have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

25.I have the right to grieve.

26.I have the right to a fulfilling sex life.

27.I have the right to be happy.

Source: (Adapted by Mary Ellen Copeland from the Anxiety and Phobia Workbook,

Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D., 1990, New Harbinger Publications, Oakland, CA.)

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These are great! Reading these every day helps alot!

Here's a random, but helpful quote:

"Every one of us deserves to be filled with confidence and an undying and genuine belief in ourselves as being invaluable and priceless human beings." :thumbs-up:

I don't remember where I got this quote!

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One of my favorite things I try to remember is "I have a right to privacy". I frequently feel like I HAVE to explain my self to others. But I have the right to say "sorry I actually can't get together tonight" or "sorry I can't do a favor for you" without an explanation. While doing nice things and spending time with people is very important, I think a lot of us give too much and wear ourselves out.

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Some of the revelations for me other than these when I was first given a bill of rights by a t 20 odd years ago were:

I have a right to my own emotions.

I have a right to rest, sleep and relaxation.

I have a right to nourish my body with food and fluids.

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