years ago, my daughter taught me an amazing lesson . . .
i have gotten ahead of myself, let me share with you the story.
after years of working at hay house
as the director of business development
i was sitting at a dinner with many of our authors
when one of them stood and said,
“danny, we have been talking together.
you have helped each one of us so much,
and yet, you have never asked any of us for anything,
i told them, “it is not only my job to take care of you,
but also my nature.
everyone wants something from you,
i want only to give to you.”
long story, long . .
they told me they wanted to give something back to me
and asked if they could come over and work on my developmentally delayed daughter.
you have to understand,
the people i was speaking with were the most renown healers and psychics in the world today,
so of course, i answered, yes!
one by one, the parade of luminaries came to my house
and start to work on my daughter.
after a couple days,
my daughter looked at me and said,
“daddy, what’s wrong with me?”
i smiled and replied,
“nothing my beautiful little girl,
you are perfect just the way you are.”
her next question took me totally by surprise.
” daddy, if nothing is wrong with me
why are you and all these people trying so hard to change me?
why don’t you just love and accept me the way i am?”
with tears streaming down my eyes,
i promised her then and there
that i would not only love and accept her the way she is
but i would also do that for everyone i know.
there are many times i stumbled
and i choose not to look at those times
i choose to look at the many, many time i succeed
because in the process of loving and accepting my daughter,
i have started to understand
what loving and accepting myself means too.
all of us want to be loved and accepted
and this is something we can freely give each other.
it costs nothing to do
it takes no time to do it.
it is easy.
i love you.
i accept you.
just exactly the way you are.