“Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being.
You’re a perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because
you exist. And no amount of triumphs or tribulations can ever change that.
Unconditional self acceptance is the core of a peaceful mind.”
— St Francis de Sales
Probably most of us have had issues with self acceptance, and many of us probably struggled with this for the better part of a lifetime. It’s not something we wear on our shirt sleeve, but it is there and it always holds us back from a more bountiful and fulfilling life.
The good news is that progress is helpful and meaningful. Confidence comes from more self acceptance, and the more we accept–or more aptly put, love ourselves, the more joy we will naturally have.
Never say never. It is never too late. I love the quote above: “Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being.” We are “perfectly valuable, creative, [and] worthwhile simply because [we] exist.” We don’t have to do or be anything to qualify. We are. Even the triumphs won’t change that. Even the tribulations won’t change that.
This takes us back to the book discussed a few days ago, Love Is Letting Go Of Fear. That book is all about self acceptance and not seeing things based on other people’s rules.
For some, it might be a good idea to write out this quote and carry it around for a month reading it many times each day.
The last thing I love about this quote is that “unconditional self acceptance is the core of a peaceful mind.” To have confidence is to have peace. To love ourselves is to have peace. A peaceful mind is a powerful thing. It is surely a benevolent power, but a power nonetheless.
Peace Doesn’t Come From Struggle, It Comes From Acceptance, Allowing, Releasing. Self Acceptance Is All Of That.
Spread Some Joy Today–Next time you get upset with someone or about something, try something new. Try relaxing those thoughts by pretending that you are holding a rope pulling hard against someone or something that is just as strong as you are. Now, just let go of the rope. Take a deep breath and exhale slowly. If you feel tension, let go of the rope again. This will work wonders for your day.