Ya know, I was reflecting on all the pain we've all felt (we parents and our difficult child's) over the years. Those are very real, soul-wrenching, body-berating pains. Can be hard to endure. I don't know about you all, but if I know the negatives won't disappear, I seek to increase the positives at every turn (ok, not always at first, but eventually I get there! LOL!). Sometimes it feels weird at first. But I also know that if I put out positives (in deeds and words), the balance shifts back toward positives (for me, at least). POSITIVES ARE POWERFUL OASES IN OUR DESERTS! Major tools for our toolboxes! So, as I was contemplating that wonderful phrase, "Radical Acceptance", I got to thinking how, yeah, sure, it applies to our difficult child's and our situations. But "Radical Acceptance" also applies to US! Whatever we wrestle with, we are allowed and encouraged to accept who we are, too! Consider this......... We have learned (and continue to learn) how to love amid the fiercest storms swirling right next to us and even inside us. I heard a quote recently which advised, "LIVE THE WAY YOU WANT YOUR STORY TOLD." That's empowering! We have all been trampled on, but we are not small. We are strong! Even when we think we're not, we are. Our lives have been extraordinary! And we're still here to tell the tale. As Elton John sang, "I'm still standing!" We are the towering trees which remain standing amid the hurricanes. We are rooted in love, rooted in life, rooted in strength. I want my story to tell that I showed up for life, loved the best I could, and spoke life the best I could. This world is an exponentially beautiful miracle, overall, and so are we all (parents, difficult child's, husband's, wife's, animals and all of creation). It's really rather spectacular when we pause to take it all in! So let's all just take a moment and "Radically Accept" ourselves! I hope that doesn't sound hokey or trite to anyone -- that's not my intention. I've just been so moved by all of your stories, your hearts, your strengths. You inspire me and I am very grateful for that! Ok, that's my Monday morning spiel. We now return you to your regularly-scheduled programming.