By Raelene Johnson
This Thriver has figured out a powerful way into the realm of self-care – through self-dialogue, something we can all practice using her positive method
Guess what, Self? Life is good because we got it together. Life, for many years, was hard because Self couldn't love Self,
Don't worry about it, Self.
Don't worry about what he or she just said to you to try to hurt you. Just let it go.
Do not worry about what people think of you, especially when you know they are not saying anything good about you. Let it go.
Don't worry about who likes you or who doesn't like you. Live your life for yourself, not for others' approval.
Self, you need to love Self, so you will know what to let go of.
Do not take on anyone else's problems. When you know you can't handle their problems, speak up and say, "I'm sorry. I can't help you with your problem."
Don't worry about what others think about you. You have your own life to live. Other people's opinions of you shouldn't matter at all. You can't make everyone happy, so don't try. Only care, Self, about people you know are truly there for you. Let everyone else go.
Self, stop worrying about everything because worring won't change anything. Deal with it or let it go. Don't worry every day about things that really don't matter.
Your life, Self, will be a lot better for you.
Worrying will kill your health and age you faster.
Try every day to worry less and to not hold onto things you can't change.
So, Self, let go and free yourself from worrying.
Raelene Johnson is a vendor for the Denver VOICE, one of about 100 street papers around the world that provides low-barrier income opportunities for individuals experiencing housing instability. Vendors purchase the newspaper for 25 cents, resell it to the public and keep the proceeds.