Updated: Dec 12, 2019
One of my very talented professors at SNHU, Dr. Reicherzer (aka Dr. Stacee) taught me a lot about self-acceptance.
I've been thinking about acceptance quite a lot over the past couple of weeks. It means a few things to me. There are the people and tribes who accept us, just as we are. There are circumstances for our lives, and our people whom we've come to accept, just as they are.
I think that one of the biggest struggles we experience is in accepting ourselves, our pasts, our behaviors. Acceptance means recognizing our inner saboteur, our doubter, our skeptic for what they are without letting them sink us. We can learn to see these as simply a part of us, recognizing "oh, yeah- I know you," when they show up. See them, name them by their tools- shame, self-doubt, self-pity. And let them pass by without sinking us.
Acceptance means that we understand the shadow parts of our lives while trusting, knowing that the light will return. It's a humbling experience to notice these things without fear, realizing that we're bigger, clearer, more powerful than our shadowy parts.
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