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Recently, my wise and gentle friend pointed out to me that my sense of self-worth is directly related to my emotional stability.

“Of course it is,” I said to her, surprised that she found it significant.  “Isn’t everyone’s?”

She shook her head.  Then we talked about how in her family, self-worth was often connected with career and achievement.  And how in others, self-worth might be rooted in appearance, wealth, etc.

I don’t think my way – self-worth = level of emotional stability – necessarily came from my family of origin.  But I do think that from a very young age, I decided that it was better to be happy all of the time.

When I feel happy and stable and calm and peaceful, I feel worthy and confident.  When my mood is swinging up and down and back and forth, my self-esteem ansuperthumbd my self-confidence take a nose dive.

I think this idea, of happiness being my job, got accidentally reinforced a lot along the way.  You get a lot of positive reinforcement when you are a happy, cheerful, good-natured person.  The problem with me has been thinking that somehow I am not “enough” unless I am happy, cheerful, and good-natured; thinking like this doesn’t allow for bad days, illness, or just plain moodiness.

So, I am working on this.  Progress, not perfection.

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