Love Yourself, Love Your Family, Accept Others and Enjoy Your Life
Tall order? Sure we can live up to this resolution? I believe we can. With the passing of each year, I gain a better understanding of what it means to love one’s self and experience acceptance of others. This year has been no different. We all struggle to understand and gain acceptance of others. Yet, most of us find difficulty in keeping our mouths shut as our first instinct is to blurt out what is usually a remark or a criticism. Ah, yes! Patience is not always a prevalent virtue consistent with our day-to-day behavior. Therefore, making the acceptance portion a bit tricky at times. So, should you feel the urge to say whatever comes to mind. DON’T! Wait before you speak. Is it really that important to comment on a particular instance? You want to be accepted for what and who you are, right? Soooo…. likewise you must be accepting of others. I know. Man, it is really hard! Acceptance can be achieved and the dynamic of all your relationships will change. Resulting in a less stressful life. Less stress…More joy! Yeay!!!
I experienced an “epiphany”, as it were, regarding the importance of acceptance of others. Strangely enough this came to me via the television. I was listening to the morning news show while getting ready for my day. The upcoming guest for that day was Liz Murray. I stopped and paid attention. Liz was the subject of the story and subsequent movie; Homeless to Harvard. Liz Murray was raised in poverty by drug-addicted parents. Though they loved her, they were unable to care for her. Speaking in this interview, Liz spoke fondly of her mother, flawed as she was. Such as a young child; Liz recalls her mother sitting on the edge of her bed telling Liz her wishful dreams for the future. Even today, Liz Murray stills speaks so lovingly of her parents. Why? “People cannot give you what they don’t have.” AMEN. Liz always knew she was loved by both parents yet their tragic circumstances did not allow the parents to care for the children. She knew many things about her parents and loved them in spite of it. Liz did not and still does not blame her parents or anyone else. She just accepts what she had been given and moves forward. Talk about acceptance! That most quoted line from the book is the one I keep replaying in my mind. She knew her parents could not give what they themselves did not posses. WOW! I should only aspire to be so noble.
Liz has now penned her own story in the book. “Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard.” (She explains the title in the book) Released in September 2010, the book follows the life Liz Murray lived prior to being a Harvard Graduate in 2009.
Thus I added a new portion to my line….accept others. My New Year’s Resolution! Or should I say Revolution?
Love Yourself, Love Your Family, Accept Others and Enjoy Your Life.
Until next time………..Happy New Year Everyone!