Acceptance – Of Self and Others

How can you, and really, all of us, learn how to accept and love not only yourself, but other people too?

In conversations with friends, associates and on-line, it is quite apparent that our planet Earth and its population are suffering on a number of levels. People are hurting.

Every day you hear about accidents, murders, victimization, natural disasters, and yes, even terrorism. It can be over-whelming, and it can also numb you.

Something else that has become apparent is the large number of people who choose to ignore what’s going on in the news. Rather, they choose to not pay attention and instead spend their time going out and having fun with friends or cocooning at home with loved ones. There’s nothing wrong with either of those activities, and we all need to do these things on a regular basis. They are important to maintain a healthy balance in life.

However, without an acute awareness of what is happening in the world, you can become isolated in your own little ‘world’. Many organizations that help out in disasters and their aftermaths are struggling, because their numbers tend to be few. When a natural disaster happens, donations of goods and money pour in immediately, and the follow-up, the days and weeks, even months afterward, are often put out of mind.

Not for a minute am I suggesting that everyone should volunteer to help out in these situations.

What I am putting out as ‘food for thought’ is this: What if, think about it, what if we all devoted some thinking time to considering that every one of us needs each other. We all need to become emotionally healthy.

It may not seem that way to you, however, when you really think about it, it’s true. Where would you get bread if there were no bakers? How would you clothe yourself and your family if there were no tailors or shops? Who would protect you in your community if there were not police or fire fighters, or EMT’s? Where would your food come from if there were no farmers or fishermen?

Here are a few simple ways you can develop a deeper sense of acceptance of others in your life:

  • Every day, thank at least one person who has done something for you.
  • Always look into another person’s eyes when you speak with them.
  • Call or embrace (no texting!) someone you care about and let them know what they mean to you.

Every one of these simple acts, when carried out by everyone, will have a ripple effect of kindness that can infect our world, and over-balance unkindness. It can bring peace.

You can make a difference. In making the effort to do simple, small acts of accepting and acknowledging another person every day will soon make our world a better place. It’s not a ‘pollyanna’ dream. It’s real.

We all want, and need, to be accepted. It starts with you.

Be an angel, and be courageous. Spread acceptance!

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