Motivation Mondays: ACCEPTANCE
“The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.”Brian Tracy
Time Tested Beauty Tips ~ By Sam Levenson (1911-1980)
From his book: “In One Era & Out the Other”
For attractive lips, Speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, Seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, Share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, Let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, Walk with the knowledge you’ll
never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored,
renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands;
one for helping yourself,
the other for helping others.
Motivation Mondays: SELF-ACCEPTANCE When we look in the mirror, what do we see? Do we see our lives as abundant and fulfilling? Or lacking and unsatisfying? Some folks are motivated to achieve great success just so they can be accepted and liked by others. Often, what happens is they wake up one day surrounded by their expensive toys and feeling empty. They have sacrificed their self-worth at the altar of material things and seeking approval. To be truly fulfilled, our drive or motivation for accomplishment must come from a place of service. It must come from the knowledge that we have skills that will benefit others; we know who we are and what gives us joy and we want to share it. If we can let go of judgement and help others, we will experience the abundance that is inherently ours to enjoy. It begins with Self-Acceptance.
Instead of focusing attention on what others are doing/not doing, spend time with yourself and examine your flaws. Look at them closely. Remove the mask and accept yourself. Embrace who you are with love and compassion. We all have flaws. Are you less human because you are flawed? No. So why are you expecting perfection from others and judging them harshly? Think about it.
Each of us has flaws and yet we have loved ones who accept us. Until we learn to accept ourselves fully, warts and all, we will have a hard time accepting others without judging them. What is it about X that annoys the heck out of us? Perhaps there is something they do or say that triggers an emotional reaction in us. If we spend some time in reflection, we will learn that our disdain for X is our issue not X’s. Let it go. Are we constantly at battle with ourselves and avoid any conversations about self-acceptance? Oprah offers a tool to help us see where we are. Take the Abundance Test. Try it. It begins with Self: I love and accept myself. Yes, our love for self flows out into the larger world where it becomes our love, understanding and respect for others. What messages do you feed yourself daily? How do those messages motivate you and your life?
“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” Nathaniel Branden
Robert Holden’s thought for the day: Without acceptance, anger will enrage you. Without acceptance, guilt will shame you. Without acceptance, anxiety will torment you. Without acceptance, sadness will depress you. Without acceptance, loneliness will isolate you. Without acceptance, love cannot love you.
Motivation Mondays: ACCEPTANCE Of OTHERS George Orwell made a great point when he said that “Happiness can exist only in acceptance.” Think about it. If we open our hearts and minds to the diversity that exists on earth, we will soon find that there is no difference between us. We choose to create divisions. Take a close look at the picture above which shows the diversity in the animal world, What does it tell you? For me, it reminds me that every life form, including humans, contributes something of value to the ecosystem, to our interconnections and to our world. By the same token, when we dismiss diversity and other cultures, we are saying something about ourselves and our training. Our interconnections are as unique and varied as the range of plant and animal life.
Acknowledging our diversity and individuality doesn’t remove us from our human community nor does it impinge on our views, preferences and expectations. We can appreciate the variety in life and not lose ourselves or beliefs. Does our individuality separate us from the whole? I don’t think so. We can learn to accept differences in our world while maintaining love and respect for our own faith and beliefs. Find the seed of acceptance deep inside, it is linked to peace and happiness…
We all need to be nourished and refueled … and being nourished requires that we nourish others too. Are you balancing your service to others with service to yourself? Here’s another one from Oprah: Take The Sacrifice Test It suggests that being authentic means being true to myself in my closest relationships and accepting others rights to be true to who they are. Acceptance means letting go of any form of prejudice; including racial, religious and cultural intolerance. If we cannot appreciate the diversity that exists on all levels on our planet, if we cannot see ourselves in others, then we have not fully understood the true meaning of acceptance… What are you doing to embrace acceptance in your life?
The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for December are:
12/01 – Acceptance
12/08 – Busyness
12/15 – Compassion
12/22 – Joy
12/29 – Regret
“The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Acceptance by Robert FrostWhen the spent sun throws up its rays on cloud
And goes down burning into the gulf below,
No voice in nature is heard to cry aloud
At what has happened. Birds, at least must know
It is the change to darkness in the sky.
Murmuring something quiet in her breast,
One bird begins to close a faded eye;
Or overtaken too far from his nest,
Hurrying low above the grove, some waif
Swoops just in time to his remembered tree.
At most he thinks or twitters softly, ‘Safe!
Now let the night be dark for all of me.
Let the night bee too dark for me to see
Into the future. Let what will be, be.’
Motivation Mondays: ACCEPTANCE not TOLERANCE
Every day, on the news, in our homes, everywhere we turn, we hear and see judging, critiquing, condemning and hating in our world. We fuel our minds and hearts with some of this garbage and walk around feeling burdened and angry. We need to declare a Global Acceptance Day in the vein of International Peace Day. Just like every major holiday gives us food for thought, on Acceptance Day, we’ll own our prejudices, burn them in the fire of acceptance, bite our tongue, withhold negative views and say nothing hurtful about ourselves and others.
If we could all feel motivated to step away from our rigid views and beliefs and accept not tolerate others, our lives would lighten up and we will see our joy spread. Try this for the rest of the week; every person you see, stranger or friend, say to yourself: I see You. I accept You … as You are. If we all said it enough, we would see great movement in the world to respect others in our global family. What are your thoughts? Where do you find acceptance?
Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for end of November and all of December below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
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Badge: – I created a fun badge using PicMonkey’s free photo editing tools. You can create your own, use WordPress’ integrated tool on your blog or you are welcome to use mine. (see dedicated page)
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Positive Motivation Tip: Acceptance begins with us; our perceptions of ourselves and the things that stand in our way of joy. Then it shifts to our perceptions of others and the prejudices we uses as excuses for our intolerance. Embrace and love yourself so you can learn to embrace others.
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