January 26

ACCEPTANCE MONTH: DAY 26: “There are special, strange, gifted people in the world, and they have to be treated with understanding”― John Knowles

This, to me, means all of us. Every single person on this planet is special, strange, and gifted. Totally unique and awesome in some or every way!

Therefore, we are to be treated by ourselves with understanding. I know others may not understand or accept me. That makes it three times more important that I do. It is not necessary for me to be understood or accepted by others, although the culture I grew up and live in tells me it is. It is only required that I accept and understand me, to the best of my ability on any given day.

I just always need to remember that I am a child of God and that I must always treat myself well. This does not mean I get to eat bonbons every day, but that I take good care of me. I eat healthy and well, give my body those things it truly needs, such as fresh air, lots of exercise, good care of every part of me, and live as best I can to be spiritual and healthy, mentally, physically, and emotionally.

That I continue to put healthy boundaries around me so that I am treated the way I know I must be by others; and when they do not acknowledge those healthy boundaries, that I walk away from those people.

Knowing what is best for me is the job. Not worrying about you or you or you or you and your lives is not. That is the first healthy boundary I must set. But I love this quote, because I always relate to being strange, special, and gifted…how about you?

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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