Desire and Acceptance: Approval

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We all desire to fulfill Maslov’s hierarchy of needs (food, clothing, shelter, security, interpersonal relationships, etc).
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After basic need are met, acceptance and gratitude decide if we have a chance at happiness.
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Our relationship with desires play an important role.
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Can we accept what we have as plenty or do we covet more as necessity.
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How powerful is our need for approval.
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Our need for approval is proportionate to our self worth.
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Approval is external and can be fleeting.
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Consider how dependent we can be on external stimulus.
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If approval is so important, then disapproval can be devastating.
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Approval can change and become disapproval from the same source or sources.
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Again, happiness is an internal state.
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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jennifer on February 5, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    “Again, happiness is an internal state.” .Yes, “happiness is an inside job”

  2. Posted by Jennifer on July 14, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Sometimes things happen that we do not understand and we wish were otherwise. Rumi offers some solace:

    Give up to grace.

    The ocean takes care of each wave until it gets to the shore

    Rumi

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