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Accept Yourself as You Are

Hello. I hope you’re feeling well today. Whatever you’re feeling, accept it. If you’re angry, happy, or sad, accept it. It’s okay. If you’ve stepped off into something that you don’t like, accept it first. Then decide what you want to do to change it. If you’ve slipped and fallen in the mud, all the saying you don’t want to be there, doesn’t change the fact that you’re really in the mud.

It’s good to get a different perspective on yourself and your mistakes. It’s very healing and beneficial to your mind, body, and soul to accept yourself as you are. Be a good leader for your own personal life, shrug it off when you make a mistake. I know from personal experience that this is not as easy to do as it may appear on this blog. This is one of my own personal struggles in life, to accept myself as I am. I’m writing this not only to help you, but to help myself, too. I remember reading one time, that whatever you do, you must remember that anyone with the same experience, knowledge, wisdom as you would do the same thing. It was comforting for me to know that anyone else would have done the same thing, if they were me. If they were in my shoes. If they had the same fears, loves, knowledge, experience, they would do the same thing as me.

Many times if you saw someone in your situation, you would have compassion for them. So I’m asking you today to accept yourself as you are, not perfect, but very lovable. Even a porcupine has a soft spot on his belly. Have compassion for yourself.

When you accept yourself, you empower yourself and radiate acceptance to others, too. It will reflect back to you. These good feelings about yourself, these good vibes radiate from you and touch others. You attract more acceptance to you. The Bible says in Matthew 7:12: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” I also believe it is good to do unto yourself as you would have others do unto you. Be your own best friend. Loving yourself will energize you and help you enjoy living. You’ll keep on going. You won’t give up. This acceptance and love will open up your innate creative juices on how to make things better and give you the energy and confidence to do it.

Three has power. So does seven: seven sacraments, seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, seven dwarfs, seven days of the week, etc. So here are seven quotes I found to be helpful in accepting myself. I hope they also empower you to love and accept yourself as you are.

In the Panthers.com News Article-1 Foxhole: Team Captains
, the coach of the Carolina Panthers, John Fox was quoted with these words about quarterback Matt Moore being a good leader: “When he makes a bad play, he shakes it off. If somebody else does, he shakes it off. If you haven’t gotten beat in this league, you haven’t played.”

2. Henry Kissinger said, “Accept everything about yourself–I mean everything. You are you and that is the beginning and the end–no apologies, no regrets.”

3. Dennis Waitley said, “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”

4. Reinhold Niebuhr said, “God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things that can be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish one from the other.”

5. Unknown Author said, “Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.”

6. Mahatma Gandhi said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

7. Philip Bosman said, “Kiss your life. Accept it, just as it is. Today. Now. So that those moments of happiness you’re waiting for don’t pass you by.”

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Accept yourself. It’s energizing.

Joan Y. Edwards, Author/Illustrator
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4 Responses

  1. Hi Joan,

    I knew a pastor who used to say, “You have to accept people where they are.” I loved it. I haven’t forgotten it. I guess I could add, “and accept yourself where you are, as well.”

    Linda A.


  2. Joan,

    It’s a treat to be your friend and loyal blog reader.

    Linda A.


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