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Acceptance

Bathroom Manners: How I Learned to Stop Being Helpful

Tricia Elam Walker | Posted 08.05.2014 | DC
Tricia Elam Walker

Liberal, open, curious, that's me, I shouted silently. But if that was true, how could I have made such a mistake?

For My Daughter With Cerebral Palsy, "Tolerance" Just Isn't Enough

Patrick McClenahan | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Patrick McClenahan

Through her tears, she spoke about her son's intellectual disability and explained that her husband will not accept him because of his condition, "because in my country, the belief is that we did something wrong ... our son's condition is a curse."

Thriving Through Acceptance of Self

Mari Lyles | Posted 08.05.2014 | Women
Mari Lyles

I love my looks, and quite frankly, I could care less if it matters to anyone else. It took me many years to reach that place of confidence, despite irregular features. But my own concept of beauty allows me to be as beautiful as I want to be, and I've noticed that the world responds on my terms.

Losing My Fears for My Gay Middle School Daughter

Sandy Roffey | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Sandy Roffey

Middle school kids can be dramatic, and over-sensitive, but sometimes they get a bad rap. Sometimes what we expect out of them is far less than they are capable of, especially when it comes to empathy and compassion. Sometimes they even outdo the adults around them.

How I Found Acceptance and Inclusion Despite Having an Intellectual Disability

AJ Fry | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
AJ Fry

I have been involved in sports, like track, cross-country and soccer for a long time because I enjoy playing them. But when I was growing up, I never felt like part of any team or group. I always felt like a loser, just because I was different.

My First Father's Day Without Dad

Susan Vernicek | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Susan Vernicek

I lay in bed at night thinking of my dad and how each day I feel is getting to be too "normal and routine."

Are You Addicted to Approval? How to Get Past Insecurities in Your Relationships

KnowMore TV | Posted 07.28.2014 | Women
KnowMore TV

Strive to become comfortable in your own skin. It's a journey, but having confidence in your decisions, values and who you are as person will help you lead a more fulfilling life.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Everything You Need is Already Inside You

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat. --James Russell Lowell ...

A Tender Alzheimer's Love Story

Marie Marley | Posted 07.20.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Ed, my Romanian soul mate of 30 years, had Alzheimer's. And I knew I'd never be able to accept it. It was so bad I couldn't have a meaningful two-way exchange with him. He couldn't advise me about my problems or praise me for my successes as he'd always done.

4 Truths About Our Post-Baby Bodies

Lisa Sadikman | Posted 07.20.2014 | Parents
Lisa Sadikman

Beauty abounds in the most unexpected places, making the minor and mundane suddenly magnificent. The trick is to include yourself in this expanded version of beauty.

How Contemplating Death Can Help You Truly Live

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 05.22.2014 | Healthy Living

Many of us avoid facing the reality of our own mortality. But others, who contemplate death and accept its inevitability, often find themselves capabl...

Getting Through It: A New Church Service for Recovery

Lindsay Henry | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Lindsay Henry

To get through, you decide -- maybe after you get past some stubbornness -- you want help. Maybe, despite your initial beliefs, you really can't do this alone. Coupled with courts and classes, and the therapies, maybe someone suggests you "go to church."

The Real Problem At The Dinner Table Isn't What I Thought

Kelly M. Flanagan | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Kelly M. Flanagan

Eckhart Tolle says stress is what happens when we want to be in a different moment, a different place, or a different circumstance. And, sitting at the dinner table, I know he's right.

Confessions of an Adult Grudge Holder

Michael Rohrer | Posted 07.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

We can't go back. We can't change it. We can learn from the past and make better choices, or let the past keep us from growing. For me, those feelings have no place in my present.

The Effects of Bullying

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

At the end of this month, the Von Bs are joining forces with several friends and businesses for an event to benefit Michael Morones, the 11-year-old My Little Pony fan who was bullied so severely that he attempted suicide. All the planning has gotten me thinking about bullying and how it has affected me personally.

You Don't Have to Live by Your Label

Shelby Doherty | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Shelby Doherty

Don't let what people label you, define you. Just because someone calls you a word doesn't mean that is what you are required to be. Instead, go out and define yourself. You'll find that you have so much more to offer than you ever imagined.

How to Deal With Life's Little Lessons

Mary Pritchard | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Pritchard

So rather than hiding under a rock, I have learned that processing each lesson the universe sends me is essential for my well-being. I have learned that if I don't want to have to learn that lesson again, I need to do three things: Eat it, digest it and eliminate it.

Being Gay in the Workplace Is About More Than ENDA

Dominique Mann | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Dominique Mann

People shouldn't only wait on Congress to help America's gay employees. Real change from any power stature requires uncomfortable conversations and the audacity to unabashedly accept others for who they are.

Hope for Future Fathers of Gay Sons

Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D. | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D.

When I read in February about the harsh reaction college football star Michael Sam's father had to his son's coming out, I was reminded of the difficu...

6 Ways To Prove You've Really Accepted Being Middle Aged

Amy Koko | Posted 06.09.2014 | Fifty
Amy Koko

The other day I came face to face with fifty. By that I mean I came to terms with it, accepted it, conceded, and dealt with the fact that I am no longer 'around fifty'. I am 53 and overdue for a bone density test. During Pilates my knees sound like Fourth of July fireworks.

My Top 2 Personal Favorite Life Lessons From Frozen

Kara Gorski, Ph.D. | Posted 06.07.2014 | Women
Kara Gorski, Ph.D.

So, during my gazillion plus one time watching Frozen this week, it finally hit me. Elsa and Anna have not only captured the hearts of millions, these miraculous little girls portray the very core of what has taken me 38 years and a battle with breast cancer to discover.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Keep Stillness Inside of You

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. -- Deepak Chopra Calm and stillness is the sacred space within us. Once we are in ...

Autism Acceptance: The Crucial String

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 06.02.2014 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Disability seeps into all the cracks, the corners, of your life. It becomes the emotional center of the family. Sometimes I felt as if other, typical families were feasting in a great restaurant, while the four of us were standing outside, noses pressed to the glass.

The Transformative Power of Visibility

Simone N. Sneed | Posted 05.27.2014 | Women
Simone N. Sneed

As women's history month draws to a conclusion, I have been reflecting on what it means to expand the work of feminism to better include diverse perspectives and narratives.

I'm Proud To Be A Religious Millennial

Garrett Degraffenreid | Posted 05.27.2014 | Teen
Garrett Degraffenreid

I believe that a religious revolution will occur soon, one that embraces the teaching of love that the Christian faith is built around, but does not always exhibit. This revolution will be lead by God-loving millennials like me.