More than a simple self-acceptance poem, I think these verses speak worlds to anyone who understands what it feels like to stray from their inner guidance system. One of the most fulfilling journeys is the one where you return to yourself.
“The truth is: Belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you’re enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect.” — Brené Brown
I’ve learned that if I want to love who I am and how I feel eventually, I must bring in that love now, in any small ways I can. I need to get as willing as possible to work love into how I live now if I ever want to find that love later on. All efforts count.
Consider what this means for you.
Do you have some patterns to dissolve too? Are you ready to stand confidently in your own skin, treat yourself like a longtime friend, be a companion to the heart that beats for you day in, and day out? Life tends to be better that way.
This isn’t just a standard internet pep talk to remind you that you should probably just love yourself. I wrote this poem to my own heart. It’s a wholehearted declaration that life as a human being, as cliche as it sounds, is way too short in comparison with the billions of times Earth has journeyed around the sun.
Honestly, this is a miracle—the whole thing. Wait, so why is it so hard to accept ourselves, again? (Any answer seems pretty trivial right now.)
I’ve been hearing the call lately to stand in my own presence, even when I feel awkward in public or uncomfortable in a gathering of people. I mean, this is life—how in the universe did I make it here, on this planet, with the gift of five senses and the chance to create things that weren’t there before?
You are a miracle. I am a miracle. If we accepted that and what we’re capable of in this world, then I can just imagine how much beauty we would start seeing.
This self-acceptance poem was necessary for me, in this season of transition and newfound clarity. If it feels like truth to you too, go ahead and print it out and keep it in front of you.
A Self-Acceptance Poem, Because: Miracles
We have some patterns to dissolve,
You and I,
But we can do this together.
We can get through this and come out the other side.
Please know that I love you right now
And I’ll keep loving you on this ride.
I’m ready to release the stories in my head
And forgive myself for believing everything
My inner critic has ever said.
I know there is healing ahead.
I am done making self-love conditioned upon
Everyone else’s status and where they stand.
If I can only be the best in comparison,
I travel a road that doesn’t lead home.
I am ready to see now how I can be home,
Belonging to the universe wherever I go—
Standing in truth, wherever I stand.
Let us breathe bravely.
Let us shine through what we thought we couldn’t do.
I will serve you, dear heart.
I am ready to listen to you.
I’m ready to honor the truths
That were too hard to respect when I was younger.
There’s this new hunger within,
A call to befriend who has always so wished
To be a friend.
I will meet you in my silence and pain,
For you have met me there on so many occasions.
I will honor you until I hear you speak my name,
For I have not listened for so long.
I will follow you down the paths you point out to me.
I am grateful for your resilience, dear heart.
You’ve stuck around this long,
Walking through the treacherous rain with me,
Pointing to the moon when I forgot to see.
You’ve guided me this far.
You’ve traveled very far, my dear heart.
Come in. Rest. Take off your coat.
Let me serve you tea.
If you know anything about losing and feeling lost, this grief poem is one of my favorites.
Let me know:
What line did you enjoy most from this poem? Can you relate to anything here?
Share the insights this poem sparked in you with me in the comments.
Share this with a friend who is learning to befriend themselves.
Consult the heart you came into this world with, like a friend. Or, maybe a therapist. Maybe, a miracle.