Unconditional love

I recently came across this poem by Sharon Kunin, referring to the unconditional love given to us by our pets and the bond between us.

Maybe
a little
like meeting God
Through feather, fur or fluttery thing.
To be judged not by words,
But by the timbre of my voice.
Not by ability
But by the gentleness of my touch.
And not for knowledge,
But by the Light that shines from my eyes.
To be loved
For the nature of my heart.

I love the idea that animals judge us by our voices, our touch and the light from our eyes.  That is something we as humans should learn from animals. There is too much judgement based on less important things. We all do it - we even do it to ourselves, not thinking ourselves clever enough, or beautiful enough, or good enough.  Instead, lets focus on how we speak, how we touch, how we look at people and the light and love that comes from us.




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A day of acceptance

Why don't we have a day of acceptance - of ourselves, today?


ac·cept·ance
akˈseptəns/
noun
  1. 1.
    the action of consenting to receive or undertake something offered.

  2. 2.
    the action or process of being received as adequate or suitable, typically to be admitted into a group.

Or in Psychology:

  • Acceptance
  • Acceptance in human psychology is a person's assent to the reality of a situation, recognizing a process or condition without attempting to change it, protest, or exit.

  • How often are you focusing on changing yourself?  Always trying to do better at work, put in more hours, work smarter…..and then in our leisure life, not being content with where we are.



    I am so guilty of this in all aspects of my life. For example:

    • In my singing - I'm always focusing on trying to incorporate everything I've learned in my lesson…..always wanting the group to sing better.  So much so, I forget to enjoy where I am right now in my singing and just enjoy what we are singing and the connections with others.
    • In work - I'm working a new job for Ceres and so trying my best, trying to get a grips with everything, feeling bad when I don't do as I had hoped….instead of ever just recognizing the joy in what I am doing and the wonderful people I'm working with.
    • In my studies - I'm trying to get everything done perfectly, figuring out how I can schedule everything, how to keep a balance….and forget just how fascinating what I'm learning is.
    • With my friends, I'm trying hard, not wanting to let anyone down, worrying I am forgetting something I should be remembering….and not just having fun with them.




    So today I am going to accept myself.  I am where I am, I am who I am. I'm happy to be in the process of continually getting better at all I do - but today, I am going to enjoy where I am right now.



    Do you need a day of acceptance of yourself?  I think we should try it once a week.  Friday is acceptance day. There! Let's do it.  We've done what we can all week. Now lets enjoy what we do today without trying to change it.  Sing because I can. Learn and revel in the joy of it. Work and enjoy the connections.


    I accept myself today.
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