Audio: Morning Inspirations S1E4

Written, hosted, produced and directed by Jesse O. Walls.


Welcome to morning inspirations. I’m your host, Jesse Walls.

Today we’ll be talking about self-acceptance. Our first quote comes from poet E. E. Cummings:

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”

I feel it’s safe to say we are probably most critical of ourselves, more so than we are of anyone else, and we allow our fears to deteriorate our self-confidence. By not accepting who we are, we hold ourselves back from being the person we were intended to be, and we allow our doubts to control our decisions. We won’t risk exposing ourselves to others for fear of being judged, and thus create a prison for ourselves, hidden away from everyone else, putting on a façade so the world can never know the truly unique soul that we are.

Learning to accept ourselves, with all our flaws and faults, is difficult. As in the words of C. G. Jung, the founder of analytical psychology:

“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.”

It may be terrifying, but if we don’t accept ourselves as we are, no one else is going to. And if we don’t learn to accept ourselves, we will never be able to accept others.

I would like to end this segment with a quote from A. A. Milne, author of Winnie the Pooh:

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Join me next Monday for another episode of Morning Inspirations.