Personal Bill of Rights

The list below is from the book Healing the Child Within. I left a few out at the end because I didn’t really like them for this blog.

-I have numerous choices in my life beyond mere survival.

-I have a right to discover and know my Child Within.

-I have a right to grieve over what I didn’t get that I needed or what I got that I didn’t need or want.

-I have a right to follow my own values and standards.

-I have a right to say no to anything when I feel I am not ready, it is unsafe or violates my values.  (I’m adding: I have a right to say no for any reason I see fit.)

-I have a right to dignity and respect.

-I have a right to make decisions.

-I have a right to determine and honor my own priorities.

-I have the right to have my needs and wants respected by others.

-I have the right to terminate conversations with people who make me feel put down and humiliated.

-I have the right not to be responsible for others’ behavior, actions, feelings or problems.

-I have the right to make mistakes and don’t have to be perfect.

-I have a right to all my feelings.

-I have a right to be angry at someone I love.

-I have a right to be uniquely me, without feeling I’m not good enough.

-I have a right to feel scared and say, “I am afraid.”

-I have the right to experience and then let go of fear, guilt and shame.

-I have a right to make decisions based on my feelings, my judgment or any reason that I choose.

-I have a right to change my mind at any time.

-I have the right to be happy.

-I have the right to my own personal space and time needs.

-It’s OK to be relaxed, playful and frivolous.

-I have the right to change and grow.

-I have the right to be open to improve communication skills so that I may be understood.

-I have a right to make friends and be comfortable around people.

-I have a right to be in a non-abusive environment.

-I can be healthier than those around me.

-I can take care of myself, no matter what.

-I have the right to grieve over actual or threatened losses.

Here’s a few of my own:
-I have the right to not forgive.
-I have the right to proceed with caution.
Conversely:
-I have the right to forgive.
-I have the right to trust.

What rights do you declare for yourself?

Are there any you don’t like above and if so why?