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Acceptance

Why, Oh Why, Can't Everyone Just Play Nicely in the Sandbox??

Nancy Lang | Posted 05.14.2014 | Divorce
Nancy Lang

This week has challenged my faith in the decency of humanity from a personal to an international level. Relating to each other with common courtesy an...

7 Ways to Overcome Loss

Alexandra Harra | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Harra

We naturally want to regain the things or people we've lost. But there's a fine line between doing your part and pushing fate.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Stop the Busyness and Smell the Roses

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 05.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

Yes, I was still the same seated figure moving through a crowd in a motor-powered vehicle. Yes, all my physical limitations were just as they had been previously. But my mind, my soul, and my feelings became liberated.

I Won't Pretend That Disability Simulation Works

Emily Ladau | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Emily Ladau

To me, it feels like the opposite of acceptance to have my entire identity as a person with a physical disability reduced to an isolated simulation experience. We must move away from equating empathy with acceptance

A Yogi Embraces Pope Francis

Sister Jenna | Posted 05.08.2014 | Religion
Sister Jenna

As I approach my upcoming birthday, I am drawn to remember Pope Francis. There are moments that touch our lives and I remember where I was on March...

What Makes This Boy Band's Music Video So Special

Ally Del Monte | Posted 05.04.2014 | Teen
Ally Del Monte

Life isn't only about slender beautiful models being the only ones entitled to laugh with joy, dance with abandon, and have fun and love fully. All kinds of people deserve to. And that's just perfect!

The One Thing My Daughter Can Do To Make Me Happy

Jim Walter | Posted 05.03.2014 | Parents
Jim Walter

On your graduation day, if I say to you, "Are you happy, Lily?" and you respond "I happy, daddy," then I'm happy too. And if you can't tell me that, then I will do everything in my power to fix that.

An Open Letter to Lupita Nyong'o

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 05.03.2014 | Black Voices
Ola Ojewumi

There are hundreds of little Lupitas across the globe that now believe they can achieve their dreams because of your presence as an astounding role model. This Oscar win is more than just another accolade; it symbolizes a change that women of color have been waiting for.

Why I No Longer Care About Current Events Or World News

Dori Hartley | Posted 05.02.2014 | Fifty
Dori Hartley

If you mention the countries Syria, Ukraine, Afghanistan or Venezuela to me, a soft, numb cloud of blissful and most intentional ignorance folds over my consciousness and within milliseconds, I hear no more. Same goes for the phrases, 'world issues,' 'political strategy,' and 'government turmoil.' But no words instantly anesthetize me like the words, 'war,' 'conflict,' 'death toll,' 'budget,' and 'health care.'

This Is Me. This Is My Motherhood.

Lisa Sadikman | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Lisa Sadikman

I'm not saying there isn't room for improvement, but lately, I'm coming around to an idea that's revolutionary for me: This is it. This is me. This is my motherhood.

Can You Be 'Heterosexually Gay'? | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 04.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

Can you be "heterosexually gay"? Actors Christian Campbell (who shot to gay icon status with his starring role in the 1999 film Trick) and his wife...

When We're Not Happy With the Results

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 04.23.2014 | Women
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

We all have those moments, days or periods in life when we're not happy with what we're experiencing.

Stop Saying the Word 'Should'

Hannah Braime | Posted 04.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Hannah Braime

I've been on a quest to replace my "should" with alternative vocabulary that is healthier and more accepting -- both of myself and of other people. The longer I'm on this quest, the more I realize the damage the word "should" does to our self-relationship and our relationships with others.

I Took Off My Hijab...

Leena Suleiman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
Leena Suleiman

...by adding more layers -- a knit hat and a scarf around my neck, to be exact. I didn't understand what was happening at first. Women would speak to me like I'd known them forever. Men would look at me like I was approachable. And I was made to feel like I was actually from this planet.

Best Weight Loss Results Come From Fat Acceptance

Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D. | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D.

Acceptance, not rejection, is they key that unlocks the possibility of making the changes necessary to address our nation's obesity epidemic. In my experience, it is those who accept their weight and deal with it powerfully who achieve the most profound and lasting weight loss results.

The One Thing Turning 40 Brought Me

Amanda Magee | Posted 04.11.2014 | Women
Amanda Magee

I want to go toward happy. I think that a lot of us do, but for whatever reason we get tripped up in what we're supposed to do. How we're supposed to look. What people think.

The Courageousness of Accepting Things as They Are

Anne-Sophie Reinhardt | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Anne-Sophie Reinhardt

I Ching: It is only when we have the courage to face things exactly as they are, without any self-deception on illusion. That a light will develop out...

Four Ways to Free Yourself From Your To-Do List

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

I tend to see my to-do list as something that will help me relieve anxiety -- when the to-do list gets smaller, so will my anxiety. Mistake. While it feels great to check things off the list, when there are still pending items I feel like a failure.

We Need Better Than Tolerance

Nathalie Vassallo | Posted 04.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathalie Vassallo

People often say "acceptance is not enough" when it comes to homosexuality. I, however, think it is. The problem is that often "I accept" means "I tolerate."

The Upside To Being Rejected

C.B. Bryza | Posted 04.06.2014 | Women
C.B. Bryza

Rejection can be hard to take, and even harder not to take personally. But with the right mindset, I've been able to keep my heart open and my chin up, to recognize that rejection has an upside: it helps me be a better person.

Sunrise, Sunset: A Son Rises

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

Once I knew everything about my children from their sleep habits to their favorite foods. Now I stand on the periphery watching them change and grapple with adulthood.

Baby's First Surgery: The Perfectionectomy

Whitney Frink | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Whitney Frink

Let it go. Your child was born with an abnormality, despite you doing everything right. You planned, you controlled, and still. Your beautiful baby is beautiful, but not perfect. Not like you pictured.

Making Peace With Failure: A Love Story

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 04.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

Making peace with failure can soften and possibly eliminate the blow of these self-diminishing assaults. When we make peace with failure -- that is, accepting its inevitability -- we make peace with life and with ourselves.

And Let It Begin With Me

Bethany Thies | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Bethany Thies

It's the end of the common sense world as we know it and I feel... incredibly guilty. Incredibly caught up in the very nonsense I rail against.

Accepting Where You Are

Debbie Martinez, M.A. | Posted 04.01.2014 | Divorce
Debbie Martinez, M.A.

What you expect, you will receive. Become the master of your mind and not the victim of your thoughts.