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Acceptance and Self-Esteem; Nature & Nurture

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Acceptance and Self-Esteem; Nature & Nurture

Blessed are those who naturally possess 
a strong sense of self and solid self-esteem.
-----This is nature at its best.
Vulnerable are those who solely succumb to 
relying on extrinsic forces to consider their self-worth.
-----This calls for nurturing in its most primal state. 
If children grow up being enjoyed rather than tolerated, 
They learn to accept themselves and others.
If children are liked as well as loved,
They feel like they fit in the world;
They have a sense of belonging. 
If children are talked “to” rather than “at,”
They find their own voice. 
If children are included in good humor and laughter,
They’re inclined to believe that wishes come true.
If children are showed faith by actions and prayer,
They are quick to have hope.
If children live with peace and harmony,
They discover their own Truths with confidence.
~Such sustenance rears individuals with promise and positive perspective.
~It is the gift of healthy self-esteem;
~A positive self-concept.
If nurture naturally embraced you, have gratitude.
Be joyful in the acceptance of you and those around you.
Remain involved with self-discovery and improvement.
Raise your head high and breathe; for,
You are the fortunate.


*** Written for John Heck's "Switch" Contest***

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  1. Date: 6/12/2011 7:46:00 AM

    Yes, someone who is confident by nature AND loved and encouraged cannot fail in life. And we have to give special praise to those who succeed despite NOT having postive nurting experiences. I am amazed by souls who prevail even with very negative role models. This is full of wisdom. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 2/27/2011 8:18:00 AM

    WONDERFUL EXPRESSION OF PAIN

  1. Date: 12/6/2010 4:26:00 PM

    Hi kimberly.I Know I've commented on this before but I was so taken by it..The truths here are so valid.I know from first hand experience I want to thank you for sharing them.I also want to make it a favourite.Love June(S)

  1. Date: 11/29/2010 4:55:00 AM

    Congratulations Kimberly on your win in John Heck's "Switch" contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/28/2010 1:54:00 PM

    Congratulations on the win for the excellent entry in this contest, Kimberly

  1. Date: 11/28/2010 6:09:00 AM

    Well done in contest...Congrats!!!!!

  1. Date: 11/27/2010 9:32:00 PM

    Kimberly, congratulations on your awesome win in John's contest ;-) Wilma

  1. Date: 11/27/2010 8:40:00 PM

    You offer such wonderful advice for dealing with pain and yet can understand it, congrats on your win:)

  1. Date: 11/27/2010 8:26:00 PM

    Congrats Kimberly on your big win in John's contest with this wonderful write so expressive and poignant in content my friend.. enjoy your big victory tonight with luv..

  1. Date: 11/15/2010 4:41:00 AM

    Very good write, you have put into words the importance of parenting and children.

  1. Date: 11/14/2010 12:10:00 PM

    Enjoyed this read on this warm Sunday afternoon. Enjoy your day.

  1. Date: 11/13/2010 4:43:00 PM

    Thanks Kim for your support. Good luck. Much love Joy (Jew)

  1. Date: 11/13/2010 3:25:00 AM

    A great write on the self.Profound thoughts .Nice verse.Good luck,friend

  1. Date: 11/12/2010 11:02:00 PM

    Good luck in the contest,,, by the way,, i guess my line way right in my dedication about you,,, enjoyed your poem,...p.d. *p.s.* I posted a poem dedication, hope you can spy your name in there. (IT IS IN THERE)Thanks for all your comments always p.d.

  1. Date: 11/12/2010 6:21:00 PM

    Magnificent write Kimberly.. good luck in John's contest with these wonderful eloquent lines of expression... if only all would follow the message what a wonderful world it would be luv... appreciate your warm and welcome comments on my poetry tonight luv..happy weekend..

  1. Date: 11/12/2010 5:41:00 PM

    Great piece, and so very true, Kimberly. This is surely something that all should integrate and use. Very cleverly done! Best to you and yours, Mikki

  1. Date: 11/10/2010 6:17:00 PM

    Hi Kimberly Hilliker Each and every line is touching. "If children are talked “to” rather than “at,” this is the theme behind family, friends and life around for us. nice lines -KB

  1. Date: 11/9/2010 7:21:00 AM

    Kim, you have done a great write here. If the world would do this 'switch', we would have a better world in deed. Thanks for taking the time to read me and to leave a much appreciated comment. Luv Joy (Jew)

  1. Date: 11/8/2010 1:14:00 PM

    Terrific poetry Kimberly, good luck in John's contest >> James :)

  1. Date: 11/8/2010 9:30:00 AM

    Kimberly, another beautiful write. Thanks for sharing and thank-you for your comment on "I remember" Jancarl

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