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
November: Remembrance to Feed Your Soul
November in the United States and Canada is filled with remembrance. On November 11th, Canada celebrates Remembrance Day to remember its fallen war veterans. In the United States, under the same auspices, November 11th is Veterans Day, a day to remember and honor all veterans-past and present. And then less than two weeks following November 11 is Thanksgiving in the United States.
And since Canada got a jump on us with Thanksgiving in October, I'm going to forego discussing Thanksgiving again and focus instead on a word that connects all three holidays-remembrance.
The dictionary defines remembrance in several different ways and one ways is, "the act or fact of remembering."
When I think of remembrance, the first person I think of is my grandmother Helen. During her time on Earth, she was the closest thing I had to a mother. She was serious and old-fashioned and rarely ever complained. She died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 82, just the way she said she wanted to, but regretfully, I never got to say goodbye.
She grew up in an era of war, where food and jobs were scarce, and as a result she could never resist a bargain or a keeping her pantry stocked full of canned goods "just in case." Everything she cooked was made from scratch: soups, stews, roasts, cakes and cookies-you name it. No store bought mixes for this lady. She knew the value of a dollar and how to make it last.
I always admired my grandmother for her abilities in the kitchen and just the other day, 15 years later, my cousin, sister and I were having conversations about which of her dishes we miss most. It's funny that three girls miss entirely different dishes and yet when we mentioned each dish we collectively said, "oh yeah-that too!"
But it was always about more than the food with my grandmother. It was the way she made you feel full and loved in all the other little ways-a stick of gum in her purse just for you on a long car ride to see my great-grandmother or visit a friend in the nursing home, tucking you into cold, crisp bed sheets at night, washing your hair over the kitchen sink or watching reruns of The Lawrence Welk Show together on Saturday nights.
If I could have one Thanksgiving dinner with one person I remember most fondly it would definitely be my grandmother. I wouldn't even make her cook! I'd just look into her blue eyes and laugh and talk together, just like old times. I'd thank her for all the wonderful memories and all the examples on living a good life she gave me. I have a feeling she'd say she's proud.
Remembrance is a beautiful thing. It's like a deep honoring of people who have done something you are immensely grateful for and proud of. My tapping into these memories through remembrance, you open yourself up to honor yourself and others in the process.
This Remembrance Day, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, practice remembering and honor those who served, those who serve today and the loved ones past and present who have shaped who we are. They deserve our thanks and appreciation today and always.
Written by: T.E.Bush
"The story of America's quest for freedom is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots."
"If we meet someone who owes us thanks, we right away remember that. But how often do we meet someone to whom we owe thanks without remembering that?"