How wonderful it is: the blessing of a brand new day, a brand new week. I want to start off today's blog to wish each and every one of you a wonderful week filled with an abundance of blessings!
We have had a wonderful week-end with my younger daughter being home, the first time in quite a while. She and her dad sat singing together till late in the evening. During this session we were sharing what were some of our favourite songs. She mentioned that she loved the song "Just As I Am". This of course got me thinking about "Acceptance". Acceptance is something most of us crave. We need it. In fact it is very high on our Basic Needs list. We all want to feel that we are accepted for who we are. We want to be loved and liked for who we are without any pretense or frills and accessories added. We need to be loved unconditionally, warts and all. Being accepted gives us a feeling of security and a sense of belonging. We look for this acceptance wherever we go, from people we encounter and especially from those people we share our lives with.
However, the one person we really need acceptance from is the one that stubbornly withholds it from us. That person is my own self, my inner critic, my worst enemy. Instead of acceptance we constantly badger ourselves with disapproval and we criticize ourselves. We reproach ourselves for who we are and constantly set ourselves up for failure by our own self-doubt. We continuously sit in judgement of ourselves. We claim that we accept others, but the reality is that as long as we do not accept ourselves we can hardly begin to accept others.
Everything begins firstly with ourselves. To be kind to others we have to first learn to be kind to ourselves. Kindness leads to acceptance and acceptance leads to love and tolerance. I owe it to myself to accept myself for who I am and to value my uniqueness. I have to give myself credit for my talents and abilities and I must learn to celebrate the person I am. Acceptance is the key to self-love and self-worth. When I accept myself just for who I am it leads me finally to the most elusive and most sought after gift of all - peace.
Once I accept myself I will live in peace with myself and also with others.
Today, before you go out into the world, look at yourself, reach out to yourself and accept yourself, you have been wonderfully and beautifully created.