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
Being Thankful for Everyday Rights
July reminds us of our patriotic roots and the love we have for our country and those who have fought for the liberties and freedom we enjoy today. Have you ever given much thought to what those liberties and freedoms are? I've heard it said that we sometimes take them for granted so I figured I'd take a closer look and invite you to do the same.
I am thankful I live in a country where I am able to work and make decisions on my own behalf. Some countries have not yet progressed to this point and that makes me very sad and afraid for those people. I have been in the work force for 36 years now. I've held menial jobs and important ones...from waitressing to secretarial to teaching, it seems I've had a few jobs and few memories as a result of those jobs.
I am thankful I am able to have my own voice and be heard. If I am happy, the world can know it. If I feel I need to speak out against injustice, I can do it. Again, there are others who are not this fortunate. In fact, using your voice to speak out in some countries is a crime punishable by death.
I am thankful I am able to vote...and even when the vote doesn't quite turn out like I had hoped, I am still thankful to be able to take part in the process and take part in the democratic process. Can you imagine not having any say at all?
I am thankful that I can blog my life experiences in this blog and share with others some of personal trials and triumphs. Being able to feel that someone can relate to my situation and feel encouragement from it empowers me that I am doing good in the world.
I am thankful to live in a country where I can be myself and encourage others to do the same. When I think about all the brave men and women who went before me and put themselves in harm's way to make my life just a little bit better, I am humbled...and beyond thankful.
This year's Canada Day (and Independence Day in the United States) is a reminder that being patriotic is about so much more than picnics, parades and fireworks and more about being thankful to live in a country that holds our rights to such a high standard that we are able to enjoy these things freely. What are you thankful for?
Happy Canada Day and Independence Day!
"True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what's right." -Brigham Young
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"Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better."