I asked followers on Facebook and my Blog on what they would like me to write about, and I received over 100 responses. I will be pretty busy for a while. That is good though, because it means that I will be writing what you want to hear. Tonight, I begin with acceptance, how it affects our lives and what it is.
At times, acceptance in life can be hard, but it is one of the strongest tools that we have in our toolbox of human virtues. Acceptance can be life changing for to change most anything in our lives for the better; we must first and foremost accept things as they are.
No, acceptance is not the same as approving of something and it is not the same as giving up. What acceptance does is enable us to carry one in life when things get rough.
Friends, in life, as we all know, there is one constant, change. Not all changes are good but things still change and once they do there are no point in fighting the way things are. Before I go on, I would like to clarify that I am speaking on a personal and individual level. What I say here does not apply to society or politics.
In our personal lives, it is so much better to work towards the things we wish them to be because denial gets us nowhere. Our actions get us everywhere when they are focused and defined.
To accept what is and to understand it, good or bad and then letting it be is your starting point. Think of it this way; what value is it to you in finding your destination on a map if you have no idea of your current location? Accept where you’re at, define your goals and move forward.
Let us each embrace what is, rather than wishing for what is not in life for when we accept difficult truths; we can discover the positive feelings and experiences in our lives that are possible in those difficult situations. When we do, we find ourselves more at peace and then we are able to experience life more. Remember though, we must learn to tell the difference between what we can change and what we cannot.
Let us all accept our own faults as well as the faults of others so that it helps us to be more patient. By doing so we become better able to trust and celebrate our strengths and the strengths of others. Acceptance more often than not leads us to growth because it creates a safe space in our lives for insight and for understanding.