Z is for Zen ~ The A-Z Challenge is Officially Over!

Today is the final day of the A-Z Blog Challenge and I have a gift for you at the bottom of this post.

Am I glad I did the A-Z Challenge? Soooo glad. But I’m also happy it’s over! I learned amazing things, blogging to the alphabet. I highly recommend you try it…just not all in one month.

I’ll be getting back to my regularly scheduled goals with some serious newfound confidence that I can write a LOT, to deadline, and about things I know little to nothing about.

What were my favorites this month? The Top 5 spots go to:

In honor of all the A-Z Bloggers, who turned their brains inside out this last month, and all of my ROW80 pals that are in the middle of Round 2, here’s a poem to bring you some ZEN. This is  the blog about “more” after all, and Lord knows I can always use more Zen.

Trivia Fact: This poem hung on the wall over our light switch in the laundry room for most of my growing up. I would mull it over whenever I folded laundry.

I can think of no finer gift to give you than the poem below:

My Declaration of Self Esteem
By Virginia Satir

I am Me. In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me. Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine, because I alone chose it —

I own everything about me: my body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions, whether they be to others or myself.

I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears. I own my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes. Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me. By so doing, I can love me and be friendly with all my parts.

I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects that I do not know — but as long as I am friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and ways to find out more about me.

However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically me.

If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that which I discarded.

I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do.

I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me. I own me, and therefore, I can engineer me.

I am me, and I am Okay.

— from Self Esteem

Have you heard this poem before? Did it give you some Zen? What provides you with that extra smidge of calm on those harried days? Enquiring minds always  want to know these things here at More Cowbell!


About Jenny Hansen

Avid seeker of "more"...More words, more creativity, More Cowbell! An extrovert who's terribly fond of silliness. Founding blogger at Writers In The Storm (http://writersinthestormblog.com). Write on!
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37 Responses to Z is for Zen ~ The A-Z Challenge is Officially Over!

  1. Yay! We did it.. The A -Z Challenge was lots of fun, I agree. 🙂 It is so empowering when we set out to accomplish a goal, and no matter what, we accomplish it.
    Good job!
    I also picked Zen as my Z word…. haha. I guess awesome minds think alike!
    That poem is amazing… I am going to print it out. Have a happy Monday, Jenny.


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      So proud of you, Darlene! And I can’t wait to go read your Zen post. I laughed when I went to Triberr this morning and saw it. 🙂

      I never realized EVERYONE hadn’t grown up with that poem, until my husband told me he’d never seen it. 🙂


  2. Congrats on completing the A to Z Challenge. I agree with you. I had a blast, but so happy it’s over. On to the next one. Poem is awesome. Thanks Jenny.


  3. K.B. Owen says:

    Congrats, Jenny! You are amazing! You’ve had a super blogiversary month, and I was privileged to be part of helping you celebrate. Thanks so much for the compliment!


  4. Congrats! What a great way to close out your blogoversary month. Mine starts tomorrow. I’ve got lots of COWBELL, but I’m not blogging everyday. 😉 You can’t make me! You earned that badge, baby!


  5. Congrats on your amazing blog-mania and fun. I am so impressed with all the creativity you were able to channel and share. Woot woot!
    LOVE the poem. I’ve never heard it before but it totally ROCKS!! Ahhmazing….I am off to check out a few of the stellar posts I missed while away…Squeeee!


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      LOL, all that creativity is the result of late nights and much coffee. But it was fun. I don’t know if I’d do it again, but I learned a lot. I really thought of you and hubby when I wrote “P is for Porn.” (I dont’ know why.)


  6. Emma says:

    Wonderful poem. Never heard it before so thank you for sharing.


  7. Juliana Haygert says:

    Congrats on your accomplishment! I think I wouldn’t be able to do it lol


  8. LauraDrake says:

    Wow, Jenny, LOVE that poem! Wish I’d have had it, when I was growing up!
    Congrats on finishing the challenge – you learned some things you didn’t know about yourself, but that we all knew (writing to deadlines, thinking on your feet.)
    Go celebrate!


  9. Well done, Jenny. There were days you had me asking myself how you could possibly come up with the content you did. I can appreciate it was no easy task and you rocked the challenge!
    Thanks for the poem – full of Zen for sure and just what I needed to get back to the WIP.


  10. John Holton says:

    Congratulations! I managed to do it, too.

    I’ve discovered that noise helps to calm me. This kind of noise: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colors_of_noise. I have a couple of programs that will generate it; I find that it’s real relaxing, helps me focus and concentrate, and blocks the noise in my head, both real (tinnitus) and imagined (ear worms, parts of conversations, bad memories, story ideas, etc.)


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      That is fantastic, John!! *virtual high five*

      I haven’t tried the whole white noise thing, but with small kids in the house, I’ll bet it’s coming soon. 🙂


  11. Stacy Green says:

    Congrats to all of you who completed the challenge! And thanks for the poem, Jenny. I think it’s something we all need to have close at hand.


  12. Jim Hansen says:

    Congratulations Cousin Jenny and thanks for the very nice gift.


  13. Fabulous poem. I’ve seen lines from it before but think that’s the first time I’ve seen it all together. Definitely printing it out.

    Congrats on finishing the challenge Jenny 🙂


  14. tomwisk says:

    You’ve done it. Zen helps those who empty their minds of clutter and sit, waiting but not waiting for the lightening flash of inspiration that comes only when one least expects it. The divine hope is that the flash will move a person for good.


  15. Lovely poem, Jenny. Thanks for sharing! And congratulations on nailing the A – Z challenge. I loved reading your posts!


  16. Congrats, Jenny! I’m going to do the A to Z challenge sometime soon (you were my inspiration) but I’m not doing it all in one month. I post once a week now, so I’m going up to twice a week for the challenge. Looking forward to More Cowbell…


  17. Congrats on making it all the way through the alphabet! Namaste, my friend.

    That’s one of my favorite poems. A teacher of mine had it in a college classroom and I would often read it instead of listening to the lecture (it was probably a math class ~ booooring).

    So proud of you for completing this amazing feat of blogging awesomeness!


  18. Karen McFarland says:

    Congratulations Jenny on accomplishing your A to Z challenge! Whew! You did it!
    And no, I have never read or seen that poem. You have a very special Mama to have posted that on a wall to read as a reminder of just how special you are! 🙂


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