Posts tagged ‘acceptance’

March 15, 2015

You aren’t perfect, but you can live fully anyway

Thoughts of the moment:

…courtesy of Donna Smallin in her book Unclutter Your Mind:

Accept that you aren’t perfect.
People will still love you even when you make mistakes.
They may even love you more for it.

Accept that others have shortcomings, too.
Forgiving others’ mistakes heals both parties and frees us to learn from the past and move forward.

…and courtesy of Oprah Winfrey:

I know for sure: Your journey begins with a choice to get up, step out, and live fully.

Go. Do. Be. Live. ❤

January 23, 2014

The paradox of change

Thought for the day, from American psychologist Carl Rogers:

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.

Accept who you are, be gentle with yourself, and you will open yourself to positive change: this is a theory that I’ve heard applied to several aspects of life.

Learn to love and accept yourself and you will then be able to find a loving and respectful relationship. Accept your fears and you will then be able to detach from them, rationalize them, overcome them. Accept your limitations — learn to work with them rather than against them — and you will then be able to overstep them. Accept that you are OK just as you are in this very moment, and then, miraculously, you can grow beyond that moment.

Acceptance is key to so much in life, yet it can be a tricky beast to master. We often set incredibly high standards for ourselves, and we are certainly our own worst critics. So be gentle with yourself. Become your own best friend, your loudest cheerleader. Start letting go of the need to control how everything turns out. Work on acceptance, and, slowly, it will flower within you, empowering you to transform your self (and your life) into so much more.