As Good As it Gets!

Self acceptance is an important component to healthy relationships. Self Love is critical to learning how to love another person. How can you love someone else if you are not willing or able to accept who you are. Learning acceptance helps you to grow as an individual and also helps you to recognize things about yourself and if you choose you can decide to change things about yourself. Knowing and understanding that there are some things that you will not be able to change.

The same thing is true of other people. Accepting other people for who they are and for their individual differences. Helping them to grow into the person that they want to be, not the person that You want them to be. That is the essence of acceptance.

I watched the movie, As Good As It Gets- with Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, a few years ago and the line that Jack Nicholson says at one point says it all. He says ” you make me what to be a better man”. I believe that when there is true acceptance, I want to be a better version of myself. I also believe that the other person when they are accepted strives to be a better version of themselves.

When we try to change someone, alter who they truly are, we might be successful for a short period of time. But, when we accept the other person, and when we accept ourselves, we get the very best version of who we truly are.

Love means respecting and accepting each other even when you may not understand each other.

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