The Mighty #52SmallThings Challenge is Acceptance for #CAM2019
This week's small thing is...
Hi there Mighty friends,
I’m Kara Jackman, your host for the week. I’m the marketing and communications coordinator for Children’s Craniofacial Association (CCA). I’m also a writer, storyteller and person born with bilateral cleft lip and palate — needless to say, this is the job I was born for.
If you’re new to us, CCA is home to all individuals touched by craniofacial conditions and their families. We build strong bonds over our unique, shared experiences, while also trying to provide funds for those in need of medical travel to quality medical care centers, social, psychological support and educational outreach to students of all ages from Pre-K to high school.
For this week’s challenge, we’re asking you to find ways to accept your own differences and those of others, because it makes the world a kinder place. People with facial differences face a lot of bullying, teasing, discrimination and questions about our appearance — and I know those negative behaviors ripple out to other health conditions and disabilities as well.
That’s why this week’s Small Thing is: Accepting Differences.
Here are a few ways you can be more understanding of yourself and others:
1. Practice mindfulness, keeping an eye out for negative self-talk and thoughts about yourself and others. 2. Write a list of all the positive things your body and mind can do. 3. Invite someone that may be sitting alone to join you — at parties, in the workplace or in the hospital cafeteria. 4. Stop bullying when you see it in action. 5. Listen to yourself and others without judgment.