The definition of acceptance is so interesting to me. See below.
ac·cept·ance [ak-sep-tuhns] noun
1. the act of taking or receiving something offered.
2. favorable reception; approval; favor.
3. the act of assenting or believing: acceptance of a theory.
4. the fact or state of being accepted or acceptable.
Number 1: is basically saying we take what is given to us. Black and white. No emotion involved.. something is offered, and we accept it for what it is.
Number 2: explains that acceptance is based on our reception or perception. Do we approve of what is being offered? Are we open to accepting it?
Number 3: what we believe as our truth. We accept something because it is either a. proven or b. makes sense to us and what we WANT to believe, and then therefore, accept.
Number 4: the actual accepting… we are accepted. We accept.
WHAT AN ENIGMA! There in lies, why acceptance can be so challenging. We see what we want to see.. Our perceptions blind us. We fight when what we see is not what we want to be truth. We look to people to be who we need them to be, instead of just accepting them for who they are.
We should all make it a personal goal this week to be more accepting. Whether that is accepting of ourselves, or accepting of our loved ones. Acceptance goes a long way.
What are YOUR thoughts?