A Public Apology to Myself

Dear Annette,

I want you to know, that I am sincerely sorry for not treating you better. For not seeing you as worthy of honor and respect. For not being more supportive in those times when you needed me the most. I want to take this time to assure you that I will make demonstrating my responsibility to you, my top priority.

For all those times, I allowed you to accept the shame in the face of verbal, physical, mental, sexual and emotional abuse, I apologize.  You NEVER caused people to behave this way, even though they told you it was all your fault.  You didn’t “ask for it” and I am sorry I didn’t know how to protect you from the attacks or the resulting pain.

For all those times, I allowed you to own the guilt for requiring others to honor their contracts with you, I apologize. You held up your end of the agreements, providing the services for which you were contracted in good faith. You NEVER caused people to decide to ignore their financial obligations to you and I am sorry I didn’t know how to help you find your voice.

See, Annette, there is no reason for you to feel the shame for what happened to you when others sensed your vulnerability. They did what they did because of where they were in their lives, not because of anything you did to provoke their behaviors. And while they may never accept the responsibility for their actions, you can release the shame.

Annette, feeling guilty about not standing up for yourself will never solve anything. You were acting in the only manner you knew, at the time, and now you know better. You have a choice at this point, to continue to live with the feelings of guilt or to move forward with a new attitude.

From now on, I promise to help you realize your true worth. To remind you every day that your value is based solely on how YOU see yourself. I promise to love you just because you breathe.

I love you forever and ever!

Annette

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89 responses to “A Public Apology to Myself

  1. Dear Annette, this moved me to tears. I don’t remember when I read something that deep the last time. It is not only that it touched me how open you speak here, not only the self-love that and the embrace of yourself, but also how much this speaks to me right here, right now!! I have no words…. this is just so deep. Thank you so much… 💖

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  2. Reblogged this on Erika Kind and commented:
    This is one of the deepest writings I can remember. I am sure that everybody who reads it finds themselves in there too.

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  3. We all need to make this apology and these promises to ourselves, Hon.

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  4. Such true words in this letter Annette ❤❤❤
    If we don’t look out for ourselves … who Will? Xxx

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  5. What a wonderful declaration of support to oneself, and such a vital move towards a healthy self-esteem and a productive and rewarding life. You have shown an amazing perception of your history and how you have dealt (or not) with it.
    This letter is a very powerful declaration of Annette’s existence, and that she is now ready to move forward. Go for it and, if you listen carefully, you’ll probably hear crowds cheering you on! Take care.

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  6. Reblogged this on Edwina's Episodes and commented:
    A very powerful public apology to a person I respect and admire very much.

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  7. I hope you can now forgive yourself Annette, as it wasn’t your fault, these evil predators preyed on you.
    God Bless you for your strength and courage. 💖💖

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  8. Thank you, Judy. Thank you so much. (((hugs)))

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  9. Powerful ! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Thanks, Annette, for sharing and for being so brave. Big hug.

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  11. Love this thank you for sharing. You are a remarkable person!

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  12. Profound, deep, worthy and, I suspect, necessary. Well done, young lady.

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  13. Nice, Annette. Really nice!

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  14. Wow, Annette, this is so powerful. I hear you, girlfriend. We are cut from the same cloth. I’m SO glad you’re letting go of shame and guilt. You are beautiful inside and out and all around. You are worthy, and you are loved 💕💕💕

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  15. This speaks so much to me because I can relate somehow. I am feisty, but a lot of times, I’ve let others bully me just to keep the peace.

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  16. Sometimes we just have to release and unburden ourselves from all these feelings, emotions, thoughts, we are carrying inside. I think one of the hardest things is to forgive one’s self. I’m glad you pressed publish..

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  17. There are no limits to others’ capacity to exploit and abuse the weak and often their biggest ally is the weak and abused themselves. A brave post, Annette, well done and, as we Dubliners like to say, fuck the begrudgers.

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  18. What a profoundly moving deep letter to self.. I carried Guilt around with me for so long from a feeling of unworthiness taught as a child,
    I never wrote a letter to self..
    But I wrote a letter to my Mother after she died.. letting go of a lot of the hurt I felt.. It most certainly helps to heal that inner child we so neglect..

    I came via Erika’s reblog.. Lovely to meet you Annette..
    Sue ❤

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  19. Very moving. Great post.

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  20. Hi Annette,
    After the piece I wrote “Were you abused?” this ties right into the issue of abuse. You don’t have to be an abused child to have the same symptoms I suffered. Many women and some men allow themselves to be tangled up in an abusive relationship. Often the individual being abused thinks it is their fault. There can be a hundred reasons why they feel this way, but usually it is low self-esteem. In any case, the results are the same.

    If I’m correct, that is what you are sharing with us. It takes strength to admit your weakness, yet it is the first step in stopping the abuse. It is the first step to healing. I love your use of an apology to yourself as a means to accepting your frailties of the past. The promise to never let it happen again, says you have begun the recovery process.

    As strong a personality she showed me, I would never of guessed you were a victim of abuse. However, as you very well know, it is sometimes easier to hide in the shadows than to admit your weaknesses. I’m delighted that you have chosen to share your story. Thank you.
    HUGS

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    • Thank you, Chuck. I once had a psychiatrist tell me that he was convinced I would need hospitalization if the drugs didn’t work. It was then I believed there had to be another way to heal. I began to seek help from rather unorthodox sources such as a Chiropractor friend who was also a Qii-Gong practitioner. While it has been 16 years since then, the alternatives would have been the death of me. So, while I have experienced all that I wrote about here in the post, I am living the best I know how, to not let that define me. Sometimes I do well and other times I do better! ❤

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  21. sending you a massive hug. xxx

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  22. This is beautiful and powerful.

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  23. So many can relate to this, myself included. In fact, it’s genius. I’m going to create my own version, print it out and read it daily for as long as it takes to believe it. Thank you. It’s so hard to do something concerted and practical – this kind of self love is the only way forward. ❤️

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  25. Dear Annette, this is an incredible post. You are an amazing person and an inspiration to us all.

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  26. I don’t know why we accept the burden of others but we do. I am glad you wrote this letter to yourself Annette.. and I hope that you listen to your words and also to those of the many who stand beside you every day. We value you.. and you have our love.♥

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    • To be sure my friend! I have to say, this blogging community of people who have yet to meet me, has been a major influence in my healing. I can and do feel the love and support. It’s genuine and has allowed me to accept that this is the energy of which I am worthy. This process reminds of the story of someone asking Michelangelo how he created his masterpiece, David. He said he took a piece of stone and took away everything that didn’t look like David. I am releasing everything that doesn’t look or feel look like me! ❤

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  27. Wow for a post Annette. So very deep and emotional.
    This talks to my soul too.
    Thanks Take good care of yourself 🙂

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  28. Reblogged this on A Mindful Journey and commented:
    Annette Rochelle Aben writes a letter to herself on her journey through forgiveness and self-compassion. We ALL need to do this! ❤

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  29. Annette, you are well loved and long forgiven. Thank you for your love and compassion and always making me think about the things in life that truly matter. Love ya, Sis! ❤

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    • Thank you, Colleen. It is a strange thing, we want to be “normal” meaning that we want to be able to love and be loved. Yet, there are things we can sometimes not identify that appear to hold us back. This is an opportunity for me to release that of which I am aware and to cultivate that to which I have always aspired, in a healthy manner! ❤

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      • I agree. You are wise, my dear friend. I totally understand your feelings. I feel this way with my kids. Yet, I can’t identify how to reach them. I’ve decided that I can’t let that hold me back anymore. It’s my life and I need to live it without them… ❤

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  30. So beautiful and empowering Annette. Go you! ❤

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  31. You’re number one, despite what anyone else says. Without you, there would be nothing. You have life in your hands. Without you, for many people, the world would be a lonelier and less happy place.
    Sending you hugs.

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  32. Very powerful and moving message, Annette. I’m sorry you had to go through such terrible experiences. I can see you are healing though. Keep going. Xxx

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  33. NIce and true!
    Take care, sweetie!

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  34. Wonderful letter, Annette. Love, forgiveness, gratefulness are all keys to happiness. ❤

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