“Accept everything about yourself — I mean everything. You are you and that is the beginning and the end — no apologies, no regrets.” –Clark Moustakas
First of all, I owe my teachers nearly everything good about what I know. Mr. Smith, for example, is a teacher who touched my life in 3rd grade and I will never forget him. I’m using it to illustrate a point. I was in 6th grade when this happened. Mr. H was my English teacher and this is one of the few things I remember about him. I got a paper back and I had misspelled a word and got marked down for it. I sincerely asked, “Why does the spelling matter?” His response was an indignant, “I’m going to pretend you didn’t say that.”
I guess I remember it because it reminds me that some of the simple, “stupid” questions are actually pretty good questions. There is a good answer to that question. Not so long ago people had no agreed upon spelling. It is a good story. Look it up and find out how we got our first Dictionary. If a question is sincere it is probably a good question. Stay curious. Your questions are good. Be on a good path. Accept everything about yourself. Then you can take the next important step. You will be able to accept others as they are.