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
The Art of Finding Your Own Luck
The unpredictability of March can go from cursing Mother Nature because of an impending whopper of a snowstorm to reveling in the first signs of a long-awaited and glorious spring. But the one thing that is ever constant about March is St. Patrick's Day and with it, brings a little bit of tradition, folklore, fun and maybe even a little luck.
St. Patrick's Day dates back to the early 17th century, and celebrates the life of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick is credited for bringing Christianity to Ireland and its heritage and culture.
If you're like me, you've got that one snappy celebratory green outfit you pull from the back of the closet each to gear up for a day of parades, corned beef and cabbage and green beer. And let's not forget the shamrocks!
Shamrocks, perhaps the most interesting and recognizable part of any St. Patrick's Day, have a very interesting history. It is said that Saint Patrick used the common three-leaf clover to explain the Holy Trinity to those in Ireland.
It is unclear how the rare four-leaf clover became such a widespread symbol of St. Patrick's Day over the years. The four-leaf clover is said to be present only once among every common three-leaf clover and its four leaves are said to represent faith, hope, love and luck. Ah, luck! Couldn't we all use a little more luck?
When I considered this article on St. Patrick's Day, I recalled an inspirational story related to me by a friend and co-worker that I would like to share to illustrate how we can all work to find out own luck.
My friend had advertised a vehicle for sale in the local paper and a gentleman in his 50s came to take a look at it at her home. With him he brought his son, a young man in his late teens to early 20s, who had autism. While the father went to inspect the vehicle, the son immediately plopped down in the grass and began separating blades of grass.
While this was a very curious act to my friend, it took only minutes for the son to spring up and seek out his father to declare that he had found another four-leaf clover. The father explained to my friend that his son is constantly seeking out four-leaf clovers wherever they go and can usually find one within minutes as was the case in my friend's yard.
The son then explained to my friend that the four-leaf clover will bring good luck if you find one. My friend said she never knew that she could ever find a four-leaf clover, let alone in her own front yard. It was then that the young man said to my friend, "You can find good luck wherever you go, you just have to be willing to look for it!"
And with that gem of wisdom, I encourage you to seek out your own good luck and good fortune. You only need to be willing to commit to looking and finding and making it happen.
Happy March and Happy St. Patrick's Day!
"May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand." --Old Irish blessing
Written by: T.E.Bush
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