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Acceptance

Wheelchair Wisdom: Let Go of the Loss and Move On

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 06.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

Today, I still need my scooter and wheelchair to get around. But something inside me has changed. I have a sense of freedom that is in some ways more powerful and sustainable than what I felt when I could walk and dance and run and play.

Smarter Than a Second-Grader?

Jenni Levy | Posted 06.29.2013 | Parents
Jenni Levy

"I asked Daddy why he cooked all the time and he said it was because he liked to cook, but he said some people thought women should do all the cooking and women should take care of the children, and men should only go out and earn money. Why do they think that?"

What My 4-Year-Old Taught Me About Beauty

Brittany Gibbons | Posted 10.20.2013 | Parents
Brittany Gibbons

My daughter is beautiful and smart and funny and graceful and witty and brilliant, and for four years, I nodded my head in agreement with every Joe off the street who told me she is exactly like me... when I thought exactly none of those things about myself.

Breaking Up Doesn't Have to Be Hard to Do

Rebecca Lammersen | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Lammersen

Life is a collection of missteps, mistakes and misjudgments transformed to understanding. The regret of our neglected intuition turns to awareness, as we accept the lesson within the experience.

The Squawk Heard 'Round the World

Rob White | Posted 06.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob White

My mind settled down by the time the flight attendant announced our arrival in Boston, at which point it dawned on me that Philippa was exhibiting three great human qualities: acceptance, tolerance, and forgiveness.

Want Inner Fitness?

Tina Lifford | Posted 06.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Tina Lifford

In all your years of schooling from kindergarten to whatever year you completed, did you ever take one course that taught you how to navigate the hurts, dramas, traumas, upsets and disappointments that come with life?

The Pot Calling the Kettle Intolerant

Michael Rohrer | Posted 06.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

Let's talk about tolerance for a second. I'll begin with a definition. According to Random House Dictionary, it's a noun defined as: "a fair, objectiv...

What It Also Means to Raise an Autistic Child

Brenda Rothman | Posted 06.09.2013 | Parents
Brenda Rothman

For many years, we didn't travel or attend gatherings. It was too exhausting for Jack. He had to process new environments, decipher voices talking at the same time, recognize faces, absorb emotions and respond to unexpected sounds, lights and movements. It cost him too much energy.

A Beautiful Death

Lauren Cahn | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

I can't say that my father was ready for death or that any of us was ready for him to go. But I believe that thanks to hospice care, and some miracle of timing and life force and will that I will never quite understand, my dad's death was as beautiful as a death can be.

Channeling The Phoenix During Lent And Easter

Amy Shiner | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Amy Shiner

The real significance of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday is about rebirth.

The Hands of Time

Janie Emaus | Posted 05.27.2013 | Fifty
Janie Emaus

As we approach 50 and beyond, we begin to look at ourselves differently. But growing old wrinkle-free is as unrealistic as being young and wise. The two just don't go together.

Letting Go Of The Rope

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 05.27.2013 | Women
Denise Vivaldo

A skier in the water is supposed to hold up a ski, but I didn't have that option. I just couldn't let go of the rope. And when my father asked me why, I said, "Daddy, I had to try!"

Redefining 'Acceptance' vs. 'I Don't Care'

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 05.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

Lately, I have found some new clarity and freedom in realizing that there is a difference between accepting the other person for who and what they are, and honestly concluding that I don't care what they do or say.

The Parable of the Prodigal Son: Which Character Are You?

Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis | Posted 05.10.2013 | Religion
Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis

Every person we see is a child of God and destined to be in communion with the Divine, embrace by God's arms which are truly ours. Embrace a Prodigal today!

Please Don't Make Me Prove That I'm Disabled

Lia Seth | Posted 05.01.2013 | Women
Lia Seth

I try to keep the conversation light-hearted at first, but once it's clear that my conversational partner is getting a little too light-hearted, I need to make sure that they know I'm serious about the fact that the blue tag hanging on my rearview mirror is mine.

What's Done Is Done: Honoring Our Past In The Present

Logan Lynn | Posted 05.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Logan Lynn

Society may judge me for the road I took, but I have to respect the journey I have been on, even the parts I cannot bear to look at, for without them I would not be the person I am today. Doctor or patient, prisoner or guard, we are all worthy of new beginnings, however low we may have fallen.

I Really Hope My Son Gets to Be a Boy Scout

John Kinnear | Posted 04.11.2013 | Parents
John Kinnear

For two weeks we would get to backpack through the wilderness in New Mexico learning outdoor, teambuilding and leadership skills. And for two weeks his mom would hike silently among us while we used words like gay, queer and faggot.

Time Heals Everything

Alice Carey | Posted 02.08.2013 | Fifty
Alice Carey

In the annals of how time runs our lives, January was a banner month for me. Within a week, I received my first Social Security check and had my first facial. Social Security came first.

The Delusion of Acceptance

Garret Kramer | Posted 04.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Garret Kramer

We don't need to strive to "accept" or do anything with a low feeling. We simply need to remember that these glitches of consciousness are designed to self-correct, with no effort on our part, at all.

Relationship Advice: 8 Strategies To Create More Love In Your Life

Randy Kamen Gredinger, Ed.D | Posted 04.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Randy Kamen Gredinger, Ed.D

Focus on the areas in which you can improve your relationships and discover the myriad possibilities that will unfold before you. Let this be the year that you deepen your relationships and find the love that you truly deserve.

Try This! The 7-Day Happiness Challenge

Luminita Daniela Saviuc | Posted 04.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Luminita Daniela Saviuc

If you take this seven-day challenge and if you commit yourself to doing all of these things without cheating, not only you will know what makes happy people happy, but at the end of the challenge, you might also experience that happiness for yourself.

You Can't Run Away From Your Real Education

Megan McFeely | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Megan McFeely

I have recently reunited with a few much beloved friends from my college years. People I love and value for our shared history and all that they broug...

Tolerance Is a Bad Word

Galit Breen | Posted 03.19.2013 | Impact
Galit Breen

My children may tolerate spinach, long grown-up conversations and too-cold-to-play-outside days. But they will not tolerate people. People are meant to be celebrated. Enjoyed. Marveled at and learned from.

The Butterfly That Lands on Her Feet

Amanda Slavin | Posted 03.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Amanda Slavin

If you continue to ask everyone else who you are, without having any understanding of who you want to be, you will be swept away by the wind with no direction.

The North Is Angry, Too

Brian Stone | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Brian Stone

I had the privilege to stand armed watches for my country. However, the privilege to stand those watches required intensive training, strict safety practices and yearly re-qualification. I'm shocked by how many people are resisting common-sense gun safety measures.