Oprah Winfrey told Wynonna Judd that
her life changed for the better once she came to the realization
that she deserved.
"When you're really inside yourself --
you don't need a book, you don't need a psalm, you don't need a
song, but you know that you are worthy because you were born,"
Oprah told Wynonna, who was on her show discussing her struggle
with weight issues. "The moment you get to the point where you
really do feel worthy and, 'I deserve it, I deserve all the
happiness and abundance that God is willing to give me,' it will
What Oprah said is true, not only for
her, but for all of us.
That Oprah show inspired the teen
self-esteem building nonprofit organization, Hey U.G.L.Y., to
create a survey to get people in touch with their inner
"We enlisted the help of CB Teen
Magazine to ask people across America to finish the sentence, 'I
deserve . . .'", said Betty Hoeffner, president and founder of
Hey U.G.L.Y. "The answers came in myriad of responses ranging
from, 'I deserve nothing because I think I have to earn it,' to,
happiness, love, respect and 'a boyfriend who will love me as I
am.' We took the top responses and put them on a T-shirt to
remind everyone that we all really do DESERVE."
The top answers that made it onto the
tee are: Happiness, love, respect, peace, friends, health,
freedom, acceptance, equality, fun, joy, prosperity, honesty,
fulfillment, understanding, balance, contentment, serenity,
success, support, appreciation, harmony, tranquility, miracles,
more than I can possibly imagine. Hey U.G.L.Y. added: to feel, to
grow, to live, to be, to dream, to search.
The shirt, available at
is $10.50. Proceeds will benefit Hey U.G.L.Y.'s mission to
empower teens with self-esteem building tools to help them
counter challenges such as eating disorders, bullying, violence,
substance abuse and suicide. U.G.L.Y is an acronym that stands
for: Unique Gifted Lovable You.
Jay LaRico is a freelance writer who
focuses on articles regarding education, sports and community
development. He is currently working on a book about his
seven-year stint as full-time caregiver to his mother called: The
Choice Of Angels - An
Alzheimer's caregiver shares his thoughts.