"Happiness can exist only in acceptance." ~George Orwell
Acceptance is possibly one of the hardest attributes to obtain, but when one is able to reach it, they are accepting God in the form of His children. This virtue can be achieved in many ways, one of which being through inclusion. Everybody has, at some point in their life, been excluded from an activity, and we all know how awful it feels. If you see somebody alone on the playground, in the classroom, or at lunch, invite them to play or sit with you! These acts of kindness are what make someone's day, and they don't always have to be grand gestures. Accept someone into your group today; you may even make a new friend!
Not only can we be accepting through inclusion, but also through appreciation. Appreciating somebody for who they are is accepting them for who they are. There are plenty of people in our community who may not feel comfortable expressing themselves at school or during sports practices, club meetings, etc. Prove to your peers that you are a safe person to talk to, and that you won't judge somebody because they like/dislike something you don't! Try to relate to them and show them that you are someone that they should feel comfortable being around and talking to.
Here are some examples of ways that you can be accepting:
- Invite a new person to sit with you at lunch or play with you at recess
- Talk to someone new and prove to them that you are a safe person to be around
- If you don't agree with something someone likes/says, disagree politely and without judgement
- Anything else that you can think of to make the people around you feel comfortable, accepted, and included!