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Accepting someone for who they are does not take away from who I am. In fact, it makes me more of who I am. In addition, I do not feel that I have the right to tell another human being who they are or ought to be as they do not have the right to impose their beliefs and ways on me.

Unfortunately, we do not always understand or remember that we have the opportunity at every moment to become and be our true, authentic selves. We become lost as our experience leads us down paths that are rigid or gilded. The sunlight above us casts shadows that temporarily eclipse our view. We find ourselves in unknown, undesired places and don’t know how we got there.

In my work in the fields of human services and education, I was often offended by colleagues who attempted to change the values, beliefs, and behaviors of people served.  I think the best way we can support people is to help them reconnect with their true miraculous selves, rather than imposing our limited beliefs on them. Perhaps we can even learn from them.

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