You Have High Self-Esteem, Right?

My weaknesses, my wrinkles, my weight, waste and wussiness.

My inner-critic’s bounced right back to full-time abuse.

It’s powerful. It’s persistent.
But it’s no match for my gratitude.

Those bullying thoughts bombard me.
As they always have.
But I bash each one. Because I’m glad to be here.

I’m alive. I’m healthy.
And, bit by bit, that inner-critic’s going down.

About Andrea

Andrea Ross was diagnosed with breast cancer October 6, 2009 and intends to survive and thrive. You can read more from Andrea here.
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  • Jenny Sinanan

    Gratitude. Inner-critic. Hmmm. And the winner is…

  • Andree O’Donnell

    I am assuming gratitude won…I am also going to try that bashing thing…maybe it will work for me too!

  • Andrea Ross

    Jenny, Andree: It’s an ongoing battle. As in every waking moment of every day. But, given that I have never really stood up to my inner-critic before, the mere fact that I meet each criticism with a quick reminder that I’m glad to be alive and healthy is huge. And gives me hope I’ll win, eventually.Hoping you do too!

  • Laurie

    You are an amazing woman, Andrea. And I identified so incredibly strongly with this post. Thanks for sharing.

  • Andrea Ross

    Thank you, Laurie. That means a lot to me.

  • Sriram Venkataraman

    Andrea, what an amazing post !! Somehow, this post is triggering a lot of emotions in me about gratitude for everything in life.

  • Sriram Venkataraman

    The photos are lovely, too. Must be your good old Kingston days.

  • janice

    Hurrah to you for standing up to your inner critic. Gratitude will win. Soon she will back down for hours, then days, then weeks at a time. Mine comes back with a vengeance sometimes. but after years of facing her down, she is no longer a constant companion. nnI am here, cheering you on, every day. YOU GO GIRL!!!!