My thoughts and feelings are my own
My thoughts and feelings belong to me. No one else can tell me what I really think, when I really feel. I don't have to check with others to see what they're feeling and thinking so that I'll know what I "should" feel or think.
As a child, I was often told that my feelings about this or that situation were wrong. I shouldn't be angry that my sister got a present and I didn't; I should be happy it was her birthday; I shouldn't hate Uncle Jim; I should love him because he's my uncle. My faith in the validity of my own mind was undermined early on.
Now I am an adult. I know that I have the right to own my thoughts and feelings. They may be good, bad, mean, spiteful, helpful, hurtful, wonderful, indifferent. Whatever they are, they belong to me.
'Affirmations for the Inner Child' - Rokelle Lerner