True acceptance...

"To be at peace with oneself, one must try and “LIVE” the meaning


Refrain from giving unwanted advice. 

Refrain from meddling in the affairs of others.

Refrain, even though the motives may be well intended, from tampering

with another's way of life.

So simple and yet so difficult for an active spirit. 

In short Hands off!" - Henry Miller

I ran across this beautiful poem and it speaks not only of acceptance of others

but of the most important person in your life - YOU.

It's called... The Journey -

One day you finally knew

what you had to do, and began,

though the voices around you

kept shouting

their bad advice--

though the whole house

began to tremble

and you felt the old tug

at your ankles.

"Mend my life!"

each voice cried.

But you didn't stop.

You knew what you had to do,

though the wind pried

with its stiff fingers

at the very foundations,

though their melancholy

was terrible.

It was already late

enough, and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen

branches and stones.

But little by little,

as you left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn

through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice

which you slowly

recognized as your own,

that kept you company

as you strode deeper and deeper

into the world,

determined to do

the only thing you could do--

determined to save

the only life you could save. - Mary Oliver

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