"I am me," is a powerful, timeless declaration of self-esteem written by Virginia Satir more than 30 years ago.
This week, Fatherhood Channel is celebrating Virginia Satir's 97th birthday with some of our favorite Virginia Satir quotes. PAIRS Foundation, where Virginia Satir served as founding chairperson, is offering 14 free posters featuring many of Virginia Satir's most notable quotes.
The late Virginia Satir, considered the mother of family therapy, would have turned 97 today. Thirty years ago, she recognized that the basis of marriage had shifted from security, stability and raising children to sustaining love and intimacy -- seeds to significant social change. The Supreme Court's landmark ruling extending equal benefits to married same-sex couples represents a renewed opportunity to tackle America's real marriage problems.
"More than one Veteran has talked about having it all one day and then finding himself living on the streets, a car, storage unit, bus stop, train station or abandoned building the next, having lost everything," says Miguel Marquez, Outreach Specialist for Operation Sacred Trust.
For years, Ralph Lynn, a former Marine sniper in Iraq, suffered from undiagnosed PTSD. "My own relationship with my wife suffered to the point of divorce. After I got help, I am happy to say I am re-married to my best friend." Ralph and his wife Michelle today help other Veterans through marriage and relationship education retreats offered by the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia.
Dianna Nash was raised in a single-parent household. "Because of that lifestyle," she says, "I always wanted to be apart of a two-parent family." But as an adult, Ms. Nash says her relationships failed. "Because of my failures, I sought love in the wrong places and for the wrong reasons." Today, through Talk It Out Relationship Services in Roseville, California, Ms. Nash is helping couples and singles learn to build healthy, vibrant relationships by "talking it out."
"Relationships are everything," says Charlotte Michie, a Cary, North Carolina marriage and family therapist. "If you have a good relationship with your spouse, you have it all even if you are sick and without money." Next month, with assistance from her husband of 34 years, Charlotte will begin offering evidence-based, skills building weekends to help couples learn to create and sustain happy, successful marriages.