56 thoughts on “Acceptance

      1. lol and whew! I just know sometimes we tend to do to others what was done to us (no judgment, just was wondering).

        It does take time to get over, though. I’m glad you’re taking the steps to heal ❀

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      2. No problem. That is a point you brought up because I’ve had that temptation although for completely different reasons than what I mentioned and nowhere near as severe such as fandom shaming. I didn’t feel like you were judging me.

        It really does and I know it’s going to take some time especially as I’ve been very self-reflective. Thank you.

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  1. Yes! I was struggling to put into words what I meant and as I look back on my comment that I wrote, rewrote, and didn’t reread before I pushed send πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ I’m impressed that you understood what I was trying to say. I’ve been hurt by allowing people to use their toxicity as a weapon.

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  2. Wow! This really is powerful, and very true. People who feel empowered tend to rise to the occasion of our belief in them. Our encouragement of others has a much bigger impact than we realize!

    Thanks for sharing this great reminder & awesome quote! β™₯

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  3. I often think that the world would be MUCH better place if humans could just learn to stop trying to make everyone else be/act/think just like they do. I understand that it’s a natural tendency, but it’s a very harmful one.

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  4. Thank you for sharing!!… Unfortunately there are a number of closed minded ideologies in today’s societies that have a definite thought as how things should be and resist or deny anything contrary to their ideology.. makes it difficult to be different… change is in the winds and hopefully with technology, wisdom will prevail and this ole world will become a better place… β€œHold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird, that cannot fly.” (Langston Hughes )… πŸ™‚

    Until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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  5. This is a very good point, and one that I have had a very difficult time learning, over the years. When I first started teaching, especially coming from a Computer Science background where we were, harsh, let’s say, on perceived laziness (Read The Fine Manual was a standard response, or RTFM, to just about any question…). It took me a long time to understand that many people are struggling to crack a book as it is, and that ‘whipping them with words’ is not motivating, but simply down-breaking.
    So, I atone by working to build empathy as I work to build tools to help us educate each other and ourselves, but I still need help even meeting myself where I am.
    Thank you, Dr. G. for this needed reminder of how important it is to meet each person where that person is, if we really want to do any good.

    Stay safe,

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      1. Yup, empathy and compassion (not a “shot upside the head” like back in the day)! They definitely work wonders.
        We just need more tools, like what Miranda Lemon does with Violet’s Vegan kids comics, for helping us learn.

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  6. This sentence could just stop at: “You can’t change people.” Or it could have stopped at: “You can’t change people by punishing.”
    With the longer sentence, the absurdity grows!

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