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Confidence, courage, and strength. All of these things come from within, but the inspiration and encouragement to sustain these virtues comes from all around us — from the tall redwoods to the perfect sand dollar, from the flame of a candle to the weave of a hand-knit sweater. In Excellent As You Are, Sue Patton Thoele offers us food for thought, insightful stories, and motivational quotes drawn from her popular meditation book The Woman’s Book of Confidence. Her words are combined with lush photographs on which to reflect, proving all with the inspiration we need to find our own sources of lasting confidence, deep comfort, and true inner strength.
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"Let us not wait until tomorrow—

or eternity—to accept who we are.

Let’s do it right now."

—from the book

Confidence, comfort, and strength. All of these things come from within, but the inspiration and encouragement to sustain them comes from all around us—from the tall redwoods to the perfect sand dollar, from the flame of a candle to the weave of a hand-knit sweater. Sue Patton Thoele offers us food for thought, insightful stories, motivational quotes, and lush photographs, giving us the inspiration we need to find our own sources of strength, courage, and comfort.

excellent as you are

excellent as you are

A Woman’s Book of

Confidence,

Comfort, and Strength

Sue Patton Thoele

First published in 2009 by Conari Press,

an imprint of Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC

With offices at:

500 Third Street, Suite 230

San Francisco, CA 94107

www.redwheelweiser.com

Copyright © 2002 by Sue Patton Thoele

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC. Reviewers may quote brief passages. Much of this material originally appeared in The Woman’s Book of Confidence, published in 2002 by Conari Press, ISBN: 978-1-57324-810-5

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Thoele, Sue Patton.

Excellent as you are : a woman’s book of confidence, comfort, and strength/Sue Patton Thoele.

p. cm.

Much of this material originally appeared in The woman’s book of confidence—T.p. verso.

ISBN 978-1-57324-456-5 (alk. paper)

1. Women—Conduct of life. 2. Self-confidence. I. Thoele, Sue Patton.

Woman’s book of confidence. II. Title. BJ1610.T44 2009

155.3’33—dc22

Cover and text design by Donna Linden

Typeset in Perpetua and Handsome

Cover photograph © John Foxx Images

Interior photographs are © John Foxx Images unless otherwise noted. Pages 23, 24, and 26 © Corbis. Pages 62 71, 80, and 83 © ImageState. Interior illustrations © ZiMa/iStockphoto.

Printed in Hong Kong

GWP

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

With loving kindness

and deep respect

may we honor our own

and others’ excellence.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Owning Your Own Excellence

Sharing Roots

Heeding Physical Clues

Gathering Ourselves Together

Finding a Hand Up When We Bottom Out

Acting as the Arms of God

Risking Business

Building on Small Successes

Overcoming Goal Blindness

Standing by Our Core

Leaving the Mists of Someday I’ll

Blessings of Our Natural Child

Reclaiming Childhood Dreams

Embracing No-Fault Living

Irrigating Arid Situations

Owning Our Own Projections

Flying toward the Flame

Calming the Inner Sea

Traveling Tandem and Flying Solo

Knitting the Raveled Sleeve

Finding Freedom through Honest Feeling

Remembering to Breathe

Answering Present!

Becoming an Inner Environmentalist

Removing the Cauldron from the Fire

Letting the Shadow Roam

Melting Stress through Motion

Accepting What Is

Viewing Discipline as Desirable

Accepting Who We Are

Riding in the Change Parade

Changing What Can Be Changed

Facing the Fork in the Road

Defibrillating Our Funny Bone

Kicking the Worry Habit

Keeping Relationships Current

Flowing with