I Accept Myself So that I Can Accept Others

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I accept myself so that I can accept others. I want to be in unity with the world around me. I intend to live in harmony with the people in my life. The process of peace begins inside me.

When I am unhappy with myself, I am unable to accept others. Like a dark cloud, rejection blocks me from seeing others with objectivity. I accept myself so that I may accept others.

I have come to terms with my imperfections. I may not be perfect, but I have the will power necessary to improve the things that need improving and to accept the things I cannot change.

When I am gracious and forgiving of myself, I am able to do it for others. Instead of being my own worst critic, picking apart everything about myself, I am my biggest cheerleader. I love the person I see in the mirror!

Perfection is not a necessity of life; happiness is. I choose to be happy with who I am rather than demeaning myself over things that have no value. Happiness releases me from the pursuit of perfection.

Accepting myself prevents me from placing my own flaws on others. Self-acceptance is like a ray of sunshine that evaporates the fog that prohibits me from seeing the good in others.

Loving myself allows me to cleanse the lens through which I view the world. I am able to seek the positive in every situation because I am confident in myself. Negativity and criticism have evaporated with the fog and are no longer a part of me.

Today, I choose to shine my light and dissipate the clouds of negativity. By celebrating who I am, I empower myself to love others.

Questions for Self-Reflection:

  1. Why is it important for me to be my biggest cheerleader?
  2. How does self-acceptance empower me?
  3. How can I cleanse the lens through which I view others?

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  1. Wow, wow, wow, I LOVE this post!

    Accepting myself it tantamount to accepting others. I can’t have one without the other, and acceptance is the key to happiness in my life. When I can’t accept life on life’s terms I am constantly struggling against it. I am reacting instead of responding because my perception of myself and others is flawed. However, when I accept myself first, and then I can accept others, I celebrate myself and others for the good in them instead of fighting against their shortcomings, and I can make the best of my relationships.

    Thanks for sharing this powerful message!


    1. Thanks, Chrysta! I am warning you, I’m stealing the phrase, ‘I celebrate myself’, because I love that! Don’t you think that should be the title to a song? I’m glad the message touched you. We would have different cities if all the citizens worked on accepting themselves and then others. Take good care.

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