On Acceptance

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Acceptance

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”—Lao Tzu

“I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”—Rumi

“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”—Mark Twain

who you are?
If not, problems rise
to surface when you meet others.
You might be unwilling to welcome them if you see
characteristics that you recognize as being the ones you reject in yourself.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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9 Responses to On Acceptance

  1. Rall says:

    I have heard this said often but never have understood it. Self loathing perhaps?


  2. to recognise inner my faults is surely the intial step to acceptance. and then a natural progression to the acceptance of others. Nicely put too.

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  3. Old Egg says:

    Normally we accept difference in others however meting a person with the same faults as ourselves would I have thought made us more sympathetic to them unless you weren’t able to admit you own faults but denied them. I am happy not being perfect.

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  4. Sumana Roy says:

    quite true…

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  5. RamyaRao says:

    We need to first accept ourselves and then comes accepting others. By accepting ourselves there is scope for improvement and yes, we look for similarities and hence we need to accept ourselves. 🙂


  6. annell4 says:

    Beautifully done!

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  7. Susan says:

    So true, and Buddhist in conception, both form and content.


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