Acceptance, the trending word. Being proud of who you are, you cannot be someone else, although many try.
Years ago, while visiting my daughter’s elementary school, I noticed a group of girls socializing at recess, one of the girls caught my attention. You could tell right away that she was trying to fit into that group of girls. She laughed the hardest, spoke the loudest, and when the group moved, she moved with them, always in the back, trailing along.
My heart went out to her, she reminded me of myself in elementary school, trying to fit in with a group who wanted nothing to do with me.
The poor girl was trying to act like the other girls in the group. This happens everywhere, at every age, people trying to fit in and be who they are not. Why? They have not learned the value of self acceptance.
Teach them while they’re young!
This need to be taught at an early age, children can be cruel to each other, although it’s not as bad as when I was growing up, peer pressure is a serious thing. It even follows some of us into adulthood.
Trying to be skinny, trying to be cool, trying to be the funniest, the bravest, the list goes on. Children need to be taught that they are unique human beings, and to love themselves for who they are. Whether they are fat, skinny, too dark, too white, or too tall, we all possess an inner beauty that if cultivated, will radiate to your outward appearance.
Everyone fluctuates in learning their true selves, you learn as you grow, you begin to develop certain patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behavior. With good role models, these senses can be fine tuned, which in turn gives one a sense of confidence, you began to love yourself.
It’s like saying YES to yourself, to your life. This is when you can grow, whatever your circumstances are. This is when you can improve You.
I love listening to great motivation speakers such as Tony Robbins, Wes Moore and so many others. They all stress self acceptance and that inner strength that we all possess that if cultivated, will enable us to do a lot that we desire.
In ancient Greece, those who sought the advice of the famous oracle at Delphi were greeted by a simple inscription above the entrance: “Know yourself.” It was a reminder that as well as seeking the counsel of others we must also look inward at what is going on in our bodies, our feelings, and our minds. By truly understanding ourselves we become our own surest guides. ( this was taken from Pearls of Wisdom by David Ross)
Pressure is being put on us all the time, look this way, act this way, think this way and so on. Just be yourself, your best self, refine your best self and see your worth.
“Helped are those who are content to be themselves; they will never lack for mystery in their lives and the joys of self-discovery will be constant.”
Alice Walker’s The Temple of My Familiar