Acceptance #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

My theme for this year’s Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is Cultivating Happiness. Today, A is for Acceptance.


55 Fiction

As I helped Mrs Gomes walk up the stairs, she paused, looked at me and said, “You have a beautiful soul.”

I smiled and said, “The one person to whom this matters, knows it too.”

“Your husband must be proud of you”, she said.

“I hope so. But I meant me. I’m beautiful to me.”

A Word to the Wise


Accept yourself for who you are. Until you accept yourself you will never cultivate genuine happiness. Change when necessary but accept the wonderful being that you are. Accept others because you can’t change them. The more you accept and the less you try to transform others, the happier you will be.

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134 thoughts on “Acceptance #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

    • Accepting self is the key. Somebody has said it so rightly, ‘We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.’

    • Oh yes, when we embrace who we are the world embraces us right back and that’s so good for our self esteem. Thanks Ajay! Glad you liked this 55er!

    • Thank you, Geetika! We are all in this together and we learn a lot from each other! 🙂 Looking forward to read you all this April. Cheers 🙂

    • Oh! Sad for your friends. Hope they realize their true self and worth coz that’s the best gift they can give to themselves. Thanks a lot, Mithila. You are a sweetheart! 🙂

  1. Shilpa ! yours is the first post I read 🙂

    Wow What a punch line on self acceptance. I am getting addicted to your blog 🙂 you have a magnet dear and so I shall not miss any post for this whole month. Love and hugs

  2. We picked same words for today. But that was to be expected, right? Happiness begins with acceptance after all!
    Yeah, I decided to join in again! I got a really nice comment on my theme reveal post last night, and it got me all emotional. So I entered again! I don’t know how long I’ll last though.
    – Chicky Kadambari @

    • Good to see you back in the challenge, Kadambari. I know, you will ace it! After all, you have to publish another ebook with the posts from this challenge 🙂

    • Well said, Karan. Somebody has said it so rightly, “There’s no alternative to being yourself. Accept it, honour it, value it – and get on with it” 🙂

  3. Accepting oneself rather than wait for other person to pronounce their verdict is wisdom. And what a lovely write-up in just 55 words, Shilpa.

  4. In school during an Orientation session we were told a story about a little girl who was asked to describe what she is and what does she believe about God. That night she wrote: I am ME & I am Good, Coz God Makes no JUNK 🙂

    Thats my war cry sometimes 😉

    Hope to read more from you. All the best !
    My entry for A to Z Challenge 2016: Letter A for Anchor

  5. short sweet and touching.

    been ruminating about the frustatingly competitive world that we live in where one’s belief in oneself is constantly tested…

    keep it going
    all the best for the a to z 2016

  6. so true shilpa and that’s a great start to the challenge ” Accept yourself and change when necessary…..” . Will be with you through the challenge cheering you all along!

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