Successful Relationships Reading Corner
This week in our blog, we asked how can relationship differences lead to peace, not anger or resentment. Here are a variety of thoughts written on this subject.
How To Accept People’s Differences For A Happy Life “How can we tolerate and accept people’s differences especially during these trying times of COVID-19 and racial injustice? Moreover, during uncertain and stressful times, it seems more difficult to get along with others who are different from ourselves. Even though, everyone is unique and different we all share the basic needs to belong and connect with others.”
Respecting Vs. Accepting Others’ Choices “There is a common idea that we judge others by their choices. But what happens when a loved one makes a choice we don’t agree with? You have your own choices, hopes, and goals for those you love. When they make a choice that doesn’t align with your own choices, it can sometimes feel impossible to accept. You might even have difficulty loving someone in the same way when they make a choice you don’t agree with. When you find you can’t accept a loved one’s choice, focus on respecting it instead. Distinguishing between acceptance and respect helps us to preserve our relationships, even when we disagree.”
Empathy – Accept Others For Who They Are “Acceptance is the ability to see that others have a right to be their own unique persons. That means having a right to their own feelings, thoughts and opinions. When you accept people for who they are, you let go of your desire to change them. You let them feel the way they want to feel, you let them be different and think differently from you. Everyone is different in one way or another. Once you understand this truth, you can stop trying to change them into the people you want them to be and start accepting them for who they are.”