Last night I watched the espy awards and the highlight of this sports awards show was when Caitlin Jenner, formerly know as Bruce Jenner, won the Arthur Ashe courage award.
Caitlyn said that the reason that she decided to revel her long kept secret to the world was to make a difference to others who are suffering as she had been for most of her life. The theme of her speech was acceptance. She believed people should be accepted and for who they are. She was particularly speaking about the trans genders community being accepted by others.
While I was watching her speech I became aware that acceptance was one of the things I wanted most from others. I realized that acceptance must be present for love to be fully experienced.
If someone I love tells me they love me, but they can’t accept me, I feel less loved. When Someone I love tells me that they love and accept me no matter what, I feel so loved that it’s unbelievable.
I really enjoyed the feeling of this revelation of how much love is connected to acceptance. Then I had another insight that made this moment even better.
I realized that before I can’t ask another person to love and accept me for who I am, I have to first love and accept me as I am.
When I truly choose to love and accept my life powerfully, life gives me power. When life gives me power, I feel powerful. Then I share my power with the world. There is no way I can be powerful in life when I don’t even like who I am.
Then another aspect of love and acceptance appeared to me. I began to think of all the people in my life that I don’t love and accept. Loving and accepting others is a part of feeling love and acceptance for myself. It must be given, in order to be received.
My call to action for the next week is this. I invite each and every one of you to join me in generating more love and acceptance. Here is how I will do this. I will make a list of 7 people that I want to have an amazing shift in my relationship with. This shift will be achieved by me rendering more love and acceptance. I will only listen to these people for their greatness. I will do this with one person every day over the next week.
I will also be more loving and accepting of myself. I will eliminate any and all conversations about myself that aren’t loving. I will stop beating up myself and stop making myself wrong.
I will also find an accountability buddy for this assignment. I will send my accountability buddy my list and have them hold me to it.
I challenge all who read this to do the same. Find the courage to make a change that will make a difference for yourself and the people you love.
Caitlyn Jenner did just that. She exhibited a tremendous amount of courage by coming out of the dark and sharing her true self with the world. Her courage has brought a massive amount of scrutiny on herself. It has also been the source of hope and inspiration for millions of others who don’t feel love and accepted.
I would like to acknowledge Caitlyn Jenner for being the change she wants to see in the world. For taking a stand to make a difference for others. This was one of the bravest acts I have ever seen.
She is now on her way to finally creating a life that she loves.
I encourage and invite you to be the change you want to see in the world.
Yesterday I ran in my first race. I have no background in playing sports whatsoever. I have never been a gym rat either.
So when a good friend asked me to run the peachtree road race, I didn’t think it was a good idea. I didn’t think I would be able to do it. I don’t have running shoes or running close. Also I would rather do something else on the 4th of July than run for 6 and a half miles.
With all of these background conversations running in my head, I quickly said yes to his request. I stepped out on faith, even though I didn’t know what I was doing.
I only trained for a few days and I might have stretched twice for about 2 minutes each time. I didn’t change my diet in any way. You could say I really didn’t train at all.
I also had only gotten an average of 5 hours of sleep each night for the past three nights. None of that stopped me from getting up at 5:30 am to prepare for the race.
That morning I was heading into town to participate in my first race. When I got about 6 blocks from the race start, I noticed car being turned around and the roads were blocked. As soon as I got out of the car it started raining and I didn’t have an umbrella or poncho.
I had to walk six blocks in the rain just to get to the starting line. By the time I got to the starting line my shoes and clothes were wet from the rain. There was also thunder and lightning that morning, so the race was delayed due to the weather.
None of this discouraged me form running the race. I didn’t know why, I just knew that I had to run this race.
I did run the race, I finished the race and I enjoyed the race. I enjoyed the race so much that I have already committed to running at least one race ever year.
This experience has also inspired me to getting back in shape.
I’m amazed at how great something can turn out, especially when it was something I didn’t really want to do and didn’t know how to do. by doing something you have no idea how to do. Sometimes nothing will go your way and you still have to move forward, step out on faith. believe that things will work out for the best and they will.