Have you seen the film Victoria and Abdul yet?
If not, I recommend you do.
Full disclosure, I worship Dame Judi Dench. Can’t remember a movie she’s been in that I haven’t loved.
But I didn’t choose this movie for my first YouTube review because of the Dame. I chose it because it’s an unequivocal example of how to practice active acceptance.
Active Acceptance: a willingness to stand up for another whether you agree with, or understand, their beliefs/choices or not.
That being said, defending those who are persecuted due to race, beliefs, sexuality etc. isn’t easy for those of us who don’t rule our own countries. (Though Victoria faced all kinds of opposition and threats while standing up for Abdul. You can read more about it in my review.)
In recent weeks, people in Hollywood have found the courage to stand up for themselves and others as whistle blowers. Not easy to do when your paycheck/career is on the line.
I guess what each of us has to ask ourselves when faced with an unfair and potentially harmful situation is what are we willing to endure to defend another’s right to be who they are…whether we agree with their beliefs/choices or not.
I’ve never had to risk my livelihood to stand up for another, so I hope, but don’t know if I’d have the courage to do that. But I have continued to hone my active acceptance skills in daily life, especially with my husband.
My aim is that we model and teach the practice of active acceptance to our kids so they won’t have to face as much prejudice, judgment, and even harm due to their choices. That we can raise a generation that when faced with ‘the other,’ will use their initial fear as a trigger to activate their curiosity and acceptance towards that person, and courage if necessary.
Check out my review and let me know what you think by replying to this letter, or posting your reactions in the comments section of my YouTube page.
And if you go see the movie, please post your own reviews and thoughts about the film on my YouTube page comments section too.
Please spread the word about my project/channel and encourage others to subscribe to my newsletter/YouTube Channel if you think they would speak to them.
Feel free to suggest other neat ways I can expose folks to Active Acceptance. You can send me video ideas, and whatever else you can think of by replying to this letter, or tweeting me, or posting a comment on my YouTube channel. I can use all the help I can get.
Purple Passion of the Fortnight:
My Queen Katherine of Aragon (the only wife of Henry the VIII to keep her head) purple wedding dress.
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