A leopard can’t change his spots. Right? Sometimes we are persuaded to believe that who we are is set in stone. “I am who I am, and I can’t change,” is something many of us believe and tell ourselves. In modern therapy circles, it’s sometimes called self-acceptance.
Yet, for some who might be struggling with depression, or with something as simple as unlikable or limiting character traits, it’s a belief system that can make us feel helpless and unable to experience greater health or happiness. Or, this self-acceptance might simply limit us from experiences that could greatly bless us and others.
Countless books and websites inform us that we need to be more self-aware and committed to a reinvention of ourselves. And, some of us do take on the challenge to change aspects of our human character, especially if we do not feel fully satisfied and we come to recognize that specific changes might enable us to be more in charge of our lives.Continue Reading