One of the deepest needs of the human heart is the need to be appreciated.  Every human being wants to be valued.  Every human being craves to be accepted, accepted for what he is.  When I am not accepted, then something in me is broken.  Acceptance means that the people with whom I live give me a feeling of self-respect, a feeling that I am worthwhile.  They are happy that I am who I am.  Acceptance means that I am welcome to be myself.  Acceptance means that though there is need for growth, I am not forced.  I do not have to be the person I am not!  Peter G. van Breemen, As Bread that is Broken

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