• Acceptance

    Asked by kdavis11259 on Thursday, June 28, 2018

    Acceptance

    I got this out of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, and although it has helped many an alcoholic to stay sober, I think that it is relevant to any situation in life.
    "And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation--some fact of my life--unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God's world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes."

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @kdavis11259, thanks for sharing! I agree that it is very good advice. In the end, the only thing we have any control over at all is ourselves. "Let the change start with me."

      almost 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I can easily see the connection. Thanks for posting that.

      almost 3 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Thank you for beautiful thoughts. The first I think I remember there was a prayer that expressed this I think it was called the "Serenity Prayer" I must look it up.

      almost 3 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I found it here it is:

      God grant me the serenity
      to accept the things I cannot change;
      courage to change the things I can;
      and wisdom to know the difference.

      Living one day at a time;
      enjoying one moment at a time;
      accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
      taking, as He did, this sinful world
      as it is, not as I would have it;
      trusting that He will make all things right
      if I surrender to His Will;
      that I may be reasonably happy in this life
      and supremely happy with Him
      forever in the next.
      Amen.

      almost 3 years ago

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