On Self Worth – a poem by Dora Lovejoy

Dora Lovejoy is a Toronto based poet.

You can listen her reciting one of her poems in September 2010, in  this edition of my podcast.

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“On Self Worth” was written in the summer of 2014.

Published with author’s permission.

On Self Worth

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Self-worth is an innate, Soul quality –

and as such, not quantifiable.

When self-worth

becomes measurable –

you can add to it

and then it is inflated,

or you can take away from it

and then it is deflated;

any which way,

it becomes fettered.

When self-worth

becomes measurable,

it is man-made

and it distances you

from another,

placing you either above or below;

any which way,

it becomes fettered.

When self-worth

becomes measurable

and it creates a sinking feeling,

bad-all-around-inside,

you can recognize the thought

behind the bad feeling

and you can make a choice

to set it aside as man-made

and you can make a choice

to identify yourself with the core,

unadulterated Soul quality.

Self-worth in and of itself,

as innate, soul quality

makes you feel whole,

satisfied,

precious beyond compare,

identified with your true nature.

Recognizing these feelings

is what steers you

in the right direction.

Recognizing

the nature of these feelings

is the only value

that can be placed on self-worth,

which , unfettered,

is beyond value,

beyond measure.

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© Dora Lovejoy

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Listen to the Romanian version of this poem here.

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