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A Taste of Enchantment - January 15, 2004
"Dedicated to helping you find delight and feel good about yourself."
Produced by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, Psychologist, Happiness Coach,
and Originator of THE ENCHANTED SELF®
... to the mid-month publication of The Enchanted Self's e-newsletter! This month, I would like to continue with my seven-part series on the Gateways to ENCHANTMENT. Over the next months, at least once a month, we will take a close look at each Gateway, learning how traveling through each Gateway can lead to you living a life of delight, purpose and meaning while feeling good about yourself! You will also find a small story from guest writer, Ellen Saposnik, below. It is entitled: A Gift from Mother.
Last time I introduced you to the first Enchanted Self Gateway. If you need
another copy of the e-mail write to me at
firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be sent. Now let's go on to look at the Second
Gateway to Enchantment.
Now we are ready. We no longer break our hearts by putting ourselves down and saying "No, no, you can't do that," or "You're stupid." Now we are ready to say, "Yes, I love myself. I have a lot to offer. I am capable of having fun. I am capable of doing good, and no one can sidetrack me from who I really am."
When you fall in love with yourself, you begin to feel the positive self-esteem
that comes when we don't deflate ourselves. You're ready to take yourself out
for tea or to that wonderful spa for a day, or to go back and play the piano,
which you always wanted to do. You're ready to recognize all the tools of
wisdom that you have to offer. You're ready to recognize that you have an
Enchanted Self that deserves to be part of your every day.
A few weeks ago, while wandering through a favorite local store, a Hanukkah bear
caught my eye, and I cradled him in my arms. I peeked at the tag, $26.99. I did
not buy the bear then, but tucked the idea in the back of my mind. A week or so
later, my husband Steven said, “Look what I brought home from your parents’
house.” He showed me a small wooden cigar box with the last bit of my mother’s
mahjongg and canasta money. There was $24 in bills and another $6 or $7 in
change. That was my mother telling me from across the great beyond that she
wanted me to have that bear for my birthday.
Please give us the pleasure of sharing your responses. They may be posted on the web site or in future issues of the newsletter. You can also chat about this topic or create your own in The Enchanted Self e-group at the following URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/encself
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There you can also
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Forwarding & Reprinting
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Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
THE ENCHANTED SELF®
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Have an "enchanting" month. I wish you all many enchanted moments!