The Direction of Acceptance

I’m not always going to be comfortable with everything about you.

That doesn’t mean I don’t care.

That doesn’t mean I’m judging.

That doesn’t mean I think less of you.

That doesn’t mean anything other than there are things I’m not comfortable with.

I hope that doesn’t make you

Not care

Judge me

Think less of me.

Acceptance is not one directional.

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32 thoughts on “The Direction of Acceptance

  1. I can only hope everyone feels that way…especially after I start headbanging and dancing on the tables…at my kid’s elementary school…


  2. Ann Koplow says:

    I care and I’m grateful for this masterful post.


  3. jmgoyder says:

    Not easy is it!


  4. Victo Dolore says:

    I needed this. Thank you for sharing it. 🙂


  5. Takes a big heart to live like this. ❤ And yours is muy big!


  6. A very thoughtful post Colleen. ❤
    Diana xo


  7. And I feel exactly the same Colleen. Acceptance certainly isn’t one directional… you made my day.


  8. dogear6 says:

    The last sentence says it all!


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  9. reocochran says:

    The only reason I would stop being friends with someone would be if they were not accepting of my opinions or tried to change me, Colleen. I am certainly not a judgmental person but do back off from those who are prejudiced. I am unsure I want to receive their messages. There is something to be said about protecting your time by listening or reading things you enjoy and learn from. Not things you feel are a waste of time.
    My parents felt some things would “pollute” our thoughts. I am not for censorship; just the right to choose.


    • There are many messages, like you Robin, that I don’t want either. I have been pretty lucky, the people in my life have never been hateful or forceful regarding negative beliefs. Differences? Absolutely. But a graciousness (for the most part) on not being identical with one another.

      And I agree with your parents, there is plenty of pollution out there.


      • reocochran says:

        We are ones who go the extra mile to try and understand and bridge our differences. Many try this and it is a positive part of the people we care about seem to be like this.
        When you said, “Acceptance is not one directional,” Colleen, I agree 🙂

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  10. niaaeryn says:

    Seems fair to me.


  11. markbialczak says:

    You are so right, MBC. Not every little quibble is a deal-breakeer!


  12. April says:

    This is something I’m trying to work on myself. To be compassionate with myself and quit judging.


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