Tag: acceptance

An Olympian Feat

In the middle of this fortnight of the 2022 Winter Olympics, we’ve been reading and hearing about a distinctive shift in attitudes and reactions to and by the athletes, related to their mental and emotional health. Recent commentaries and articles attribute this shift to when Simone Biles, arguably the world’s best gymnast, dropped out of…
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Looking Beyond Our Own Worldviews

SEASON 2: EPISODE 17 | August 18, 2020 Looking Beyond Our Own Worldviews with Jamia Wilson Jamia Wilson is a writer, speaker, storyteller, and a leading voice for issues affecting women and persons of color.  Our conversation with her provides rich insight into the different worldviews of others.  It is a challenge to all of…
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It Is What It Is

SEASON 3: EPISODE 7 | February 2, 2021 It Is What It Is with Rishita Jones Rishita Jones, of Amsterdam, Netherlands, has a belief that if we learn to accept the things we can’t ultimately control—and that means just about everything—we would be much more content and would have much more joy. She also says…
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A Story of Love, Grace and Acceptance

Dr. Tony Campolo, who is speaking at our March 7, 2014 annual dinner, always shares thought-provoking stories about love, grace and acceptance.  Take a look at this message, one certain to touch your heart and to remind you of how valued we all are.


Learn as if you were going to live forever, live as if you were going to die tomorrow.      Gandhi When she received the diagnosis it wasn’t good.  Lung cancer.  It left her with little hope.  Her life was going to end.  So, she went about the business of saying “goodbye”.  There were people she…
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Road Rage

When we love a person, we accept him or her exactly as is: the lovely with the unlovely, the strong with the fearful, the true mixed in with the facade, and of course, the only way we can do it is by accepting ourselves that way.      Fred Rogers One morning last week I (Tom)…
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We All Need Someone to Witness Our Lives

Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings. Miles Franklin Relationships take work. We must be intentional with them, cultivating them and nurturing them if we want them to thrive and survive. In her article – Five Basic Human Needs – author and life coach Deb Melton writes about…
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Every child is an artist

Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Pablo Picasso What would it look like if we lived without inhibitions?  Here’s one glimpse: The other night my (Tom’s) family and I were at some friends’ house for dinner and our two oldest children Lillian, 5, and…
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Freed From Guilt and Shame

We live in an atmosphere of shame. We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinions, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.   George Bernard Shaw, Man and and Superman It seems like so…
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Sometimes the Hardest Act of Love is Letting Go

Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.     Deborah Reber, Chicken Soup for the Teenage SoulLetting go of our control over another person is often one of the hardest things we ever have to do.Any parent knows this.…
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