Accepting Others as They Are

Is there a person in your life who drives you absolutely crazy? It may be a co-worker, an acquaintance, or even a family member.

It doesn't matter who they are; there's nothing worse than having to deal with someone who pushes your buttons.

The issue is, you can't change other people.

You can, on the other hand, change you.

You need to accept people as they are.

Learning to accept people for as they are, you'll find your interactions with people will become easier.

You'll be calmer and less likely to get bent out of shape.

In short, you'll become happier and experience far less stress.

Sound too easy? It really is. Just start with these three steps for accepting people who they are:

Acknowledge Everyone is Unique

When we are secure in how we are living our lives, it's natural to believe others should. For example, if you went to college, got a degree, you might expect your children to follow in your footsteps.

The truth is, everyone's journey is unique and different from yours.

Your child may not have the same interest in going to college or has other ambitions after high school.

That doesn't make them wrong.

When we acknowledge everyone's journey is unique, it becomes easier to accept them for who they are.

It's Okay to Disagree

Sometimes we see the people we love making decisions that we are not comfortable with. For example, your child decides to delay going to college and plans to take a year off to travel and "find themselves." You feel that they'll never go to college.

Remember, When the person you disagree with is an adult, and they're not doing anything to physically harm themselves or someone else, it is to back off.

Instead of feeling disappointed in their choices, ask yourself what you can learn from them. Celebrate their unique point of view.

After all, if we all made the same decisions all the time, things would be pretty dull.

What About You?

If you're caught up in how other people live their lives, you are focusing your attention in the wrong place.

The only person you can actually change is you.

Stop worrying about what others are doing and begin paying attention to different choices you could make to create more joy in life.

With this in mind, you'll find it easier to accept the people around you. Who knows, maybe you'll feel a little happier with who you are as well.



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