Self Acceptance and Society/Fat Acceptance
Self acceptance is loving and appreciating yourself even if there are things you'd eventually like to change. Fat acceptance or society acceptance is getting society as a whole to accept that we have the same rights as everyone else and to reduce prejudice within the community.
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Self-acceptance means unconditional appreciation and support for who you are now, including all the elements that you want to change.
Things you can do every day to boost your body image:
- Move your body by doing activities you love
- think of one thing you body did for you today
- compliment yourself
- smile at yourself in the mirror
- wear clothes that fit you well and make you happy, regardless of their size
In Acceptance of All Kinds of Fathers
Last month I wrote about my amazing step-mother and the challenges she is going through, now faced with singlehood after more than 30 years with my father, who decided to pursue another interest at this late stage of life. Coming up with something positive to say about my father right now seems like a Herculean task and writer’s block has overtaken me, which is both strange and rare.
Rather than pretend to understand my father’s decisions or dwell on the fact that he continues to test my emotional stability daily with his current lifestyle choices, I turn to faith, acceptance and the serenity prayer.
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Acceptance, in so many different situations, whether it be a parent, sibling, co-worker, addiction or ourselves, can be an exhausting, emotional and overwhelming thing to do. We tend to think we have this innate control over others, as if “wishing” alone would change that person into what we believe they could be or truly are deep inside.
The reality is, we just aren’t that powerful. We are after all, like the counterparts we wish to change or improve, desperately imperfect, flawed—and human.
I am grateful to have had the amazing and colorful life experiences and memories with my father, to have known him with all the wonderful qualities one would hope for in a parent. And despite this current personal rough patch, I love my father and must accept that I cannot change him or his decisions.
The one thing that gives us strength and peace is to know that it is not our job to change someone else. As difficult as acceptance is in any given situation, it comes with it a modicum of forgiveness, whether that forgiveness is to ourselves or others, and ultimately—peace.
A blessed Father’s Day out there to all the great dads of the world. Thank you for everything.
Written by: T.E.Bush
"Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."
"The greatest gift I ever had
Came from God; I call him Dad!"