I’m going to work on my judgement and I would really appreciate your support. My stated goal for the new year is to practice some radical acceptance of myself and others. I heard this term somewhere recently and it really resonated for me.
acceptance defined: the act of accepting something or someone
It’s actually pretty simple according to Merriam Webster…simple in definition only. Not in practice. It will require training, diligence and literally biting my tongue sometimes…and I will fail often and try again.
Is acceptance the polar opposite of judgement?
Don’t we all want the same things—to be loved, feel safe and possess some sense of belonging in this crazy world. The world seems to be crying out for more connection, not more judgement.
I’ve noticed that my curiosity can smooth the jagged edges of my judgement. When I get curious about people, ideas, choices, places, well…everything, I’m far less likely to judge, because I jazzed about my new knowledge. Dear 2018, please help me remember to utilize the power of my curiosity. MORE CURIOSITY = LESS JUDGEMENT
Here’s to 2018 & whatever you choose to do with it…it’s none of my business.
I don’t want half of my heart to be stone-like.
Thankfully, we always have a choice between being rigid or fluid.
The world won’t ever leave us alone…there’s always something. However, we do have a choice about how to handle many situations in our lives—both big & small. I recently had a conversation about the differences of REACTING or RESPONDING. Those words stayed with me, so I dug a little bit deeper.
REACT—intransitive verb; to exert a reciprocal or counteracting force or influence
RESPOND—intransitive verb; to say something in return, make an answer
After I read the definitions, saying those two words felt different to me.
Repond is gentler, a little more refined, with slightly more breathing room.
Say it aloud with a sigh…respond.
Perhaps that little sigh could slow a moment down a little bit. I know that sometimes, for me, that could make all the difference…especially in this emotionally loaded season of college applications/essays with my twin daughters.