I think I have trouble accepting the people who don’t accept me for who I am.
It makes it harder to reciprocate. Kind of like the chicken and the egg – who accepts whom first? Are you waiting for me, because I’m kind of waiting for you….
I think part of my discipline in this needs to be acknowledging that in accepting someone has it built in inherently that they may not accept you back, and you have to be strong enough in yourself and your values to be ok with that. And to remember (and believe) that it’s far better to be accepting than to not be accepting.
Violence is perpetuated when you’re not accepting.