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(For Day Two of the Festival of Words hosted by Write Tribe from July 10 to July 16, 2016, I’m writing a 100-word story about acceptance of oneself – It is about a little girl who suffers from dyslexia and about coming to terms with her unique condition as an individual!)


Unable to take it anymore, she burst into tears. Her friends teased her in school. Couldn’t tell right from left. Couldn’t spell her own name!

“I hate myself…Why can’t I be like them?” Tears flowed.

Wiping off tears, the mother replied, “Seen the beautiful flowers in the garden, sweetie? Do they bloom all at the same time?”


“So, is it with us. We are all unique. Waiting to bloom at different times.”

The little girl looked up.

“Holding onto anger is like grasping hot coal. You’re the one that gets burnt. First, be kind to yourself.”

They hugged each other and smiled.

(How easily do you accept your flaws and imperfections? Have you ever been hard on yourself for not having lived up to the expectations set by yourself or others? Do you practice kindness to yourself?


Here are my other posts for the Festival of Words:

Day 1: A Haiku – The Day is Ending