The Importance of Love and Acceptance



The importance of love and acceptance.

The importance of love and acceptance. Spread messages of love, tolerance, welcoming, friendship, community

The University at which I work had a bomb threat last week. The entire campus evacuated, and everyone was safe, but it definitely shook up the community – myself included. I am incredibly proud to teach at a school that considers social justice central to its mission, and I am struggling – once again – to understand what fueled such hate.

Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised given the state of our world right now, but I refuse to follow that train of thought. Why? Because I believe with all of my heart that love and acceptance will triumph over hate.

The impact of love and acceptance. Spread messages of love, tolerance, welcoming, friendship, community

I have decided to stick with love... Hate is too great a burden to bear. ~Martin Luther King Jr. Click To Tweet

How do I know love wins?

I know because of the grand gesture by 40,000 Bostonians coming together on August 19th to peacefully protest the few dozen who gathered on the Boston Common for a “free speech” rally. That rally was scheduled to last five hours, it ended just after two, and Boston made it clear that “White supremacy has no place in this country.” (read more here).

The Impact of Love and Acceptance
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I also know because of small gestures, like the rainbow peace flags flying proudly around my town, and this sign that I saw in my neighbor’s yard on my Saturday morning run.

The impact of love and acceptance. Spread messages of love, tolerance, welcoming, friendship, community

No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor. Click To Tweet

Yes, there are voices of hate out there, but you know what? They are few in number compared to our many voices of love and acceptance.

The important step now is making our message heard. Big or small, every gesture is important.

Spread the love. Lead by example.

Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs. ~Stephen Covey Click To Tweet

If we find our voice, and we continue using it to inspire, to encourage, and to welcome, we will make a difference. As Rob Bell so succinctly explains, “Love wins.”

(If you’re interested: I was able to order that sign online from a website called Welcome Your Neighbors. (www.welcomeyourneighbors.org no affiliate, I just love the message; they also offer free PDFs, which you can print yourself.)

How do you reach out to those in your community? How do you spread the message of love and acceptance? Let me know below!




26 thoughts on “The Importance of Love and Acceptance”

  1. I think my favorite quote that comes to mind is the Nelson Mandela one that says “No one is born hating another person… People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Because it’s so true. Love will always win. Even if it takes some teaching and learning. Thank you for this!

    xo, Taylor || The Millennial Sprinkle (thesprinkle.tayloramead.com)

    1. WOW – That quote is really powerful. THANK YOU for sharing it with me 🙂 What a wonderful message.

  2. I live in MA and got my master’s at Brandeis, so this resonates deeply with me! I’m sorry you had to go through that scary, intensely disheartening experience – it always feels different when it hits home. I was so, so proud of Boston’s reaction to the rally, though – it visibly shows that the good outnumbers the bad in a very dark time.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment – I appreciate that. And yes – I was so proud of Boston, too. Hate is not tolerated in MA. Period. <3

    1. Thank you, Amanda! Isn’t that sign great? I ordered mine last week, and it’s supposed to arrive in the next few days. I’m so excited 🙂

    1. Thank you, Amanda! I love the sign, too. I can’t wait for mine to arrive so I can put it in my yard:)

    1. You’re right – we never truly know what others are going through unless we take time to ask and understand. Thank you!

  3. There is still much good being done in our world today. The tv news is determined to only show the hate and violence when they aren’t egging it along with their own bias thoughts and words.

  4. I have recently been inspired by friends who are passionate to serve in communities that are not our own, and have been able to join them with this. They deliver groceries, and play games with kids in gang infested neighborhoods. Serving is a great way to show love and acceptance.

    1. I LOVE ❤️ this suggestion! It is so wonderful that you are reaching out to those outside your community. Your work is so important and valuable. Thank you for sharing this.

  5. babiestobookworms

    This is awesome! I have definitely been trying to look more towards the voices of love and acceptance out there! So often the news doesn’t show that side of it. I’m grateful to also live in an area that is predominantly accepting and caring for everyone!

    1. Exactly, it’s so hard to see all the good out there when the news is filled with so much bad. I’m so glad you’re surrounded by love and acceptance. That is wonderful 💞

    1. Thank you! I just love the message of the sign. I can’t wait for mine to arrive in the mail 🙂

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