acceptance 2 - letting go

Acceptance is the truest
kinship with humanity.

G.K. Chesterton


Today I know that I cannot control the ocean tides.  I can only go with the flow. . . . When I struggle and try to organize the Atlantic to my specifications, I sink.  If I flail and thrash and growl and grumble, I go under.  But, if I let go and float, I am borne aloft.

Marie Stilkind

If we rail and kick against it and grow bitter, we won't change the inevitable; but we will change ourselves.  I know.  I have tried it.  I once refused to accept an inevitable situation with which I was confronted.  I played the fool and railed
against it, and rebelled.  I turned my nights into hells of insomnia.  I brought upon myself everything I didn't want.  Finally, after a year of self-torture, I had to accept what I knew from the outset I couldn't possible alter.

Dale Carnegie

Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly.  Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end.  What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind.  Every moment is a golden one for those who have the vision to recognize it as such.

Henry Miller

Acceptance says, True, this is my situation at the moment.  I'll look unblinkingly at the reality of it.  But I'll also open my hands to accept willingly whatever a loving Father sends me.

Catherine Marshall

Some people confuse acceptance with apathy, but there's
all the difference in the world.  Apathy fails to distinguish
what can and cannot be helped; acceptance makes the
distinction.  Apathy paralyzes the will-to-action;
acceptance frees it by relieving it of impossible burdens.

Arthur Gordon


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Ask not that events should happen as you will, but let your will be
that events should happen as they do, and you shall have peace.  



Let us learn to accept ourselves--accept the
truth that we are capable in some directions
and limited in others, that genius is rare,
that mediocrity is a portion of almost all of us,
but that we can contribute from the storehouse
of our skills to the enrichment of our common life.

Joshua Liebman
To teach people how to live without certainty
and yet without being paralyzed by hesitation
is the lesson of learning acceptance.



Acceptance is a letting-go process.  You let go of your wishes
and demands that life can be different.  It's a conscious choice.

Gary Emery



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

Reinhold Niebuhr

Of course there is no formula for success except, perhaps,
an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.

Artur Rubinstein

Acceptance is observation of life and suspension of judgment
about whether what is happening is good or bad, right or wrong.

Ron Smotherman

Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgement of the facts
of a situation, then deciding what you're going to do about it.

Kathleen Casey Theisen

The survival of the fittest is the ageless law of nature, but the fittest are rarely
the strong.  The fittest are those endowed with the qualifications for adaptation,
the ability to accept the inevitable and conform to the unavoidable, to
harmonize with existing or changing conditions.

Dave. E Smalley

The first step toward change is acceptance.  Once you accept yourself,
you open the door to change.  That's all you have to do.  Change is not
something you do, it's something you allow.

Will Garcia
(AIDS patient)
Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change.
So suffering must become love.  That is the mystery.

Katherine Mansfield

Our very first problem is to accept our present circumstances as they are,
ourselves as we are, and the people about us as they are.  This is
to adopt a realistic humility without which no genuine advance can even
begin. . . . Provided we strenuously avoid turning these realistic surveys of the
facts of life into unrealistic alibis for apathy or defeatism, they can be
the sure foundation upon which increased emotional health
and therefore spiritual progress can be built.

As Bill Sees It


Acceptance of what has happened is the first step
to overcoming the consequence of any misfortune.

William James


I accept life unconditionally.  Most people ask for happiness on condition.
Happiness can only be felt if you don't set any condition.

Artur Rubinstein


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Life is not always what one wants it to be, but to make
the best of it, as it is, is the only way of being happy.

Jennie Jerome Churchill

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence,
and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.

Helen Keller

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither,
but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.

Thornton Wilder


There are people who live lives little different than the beasts,
and I don't mean that badly.  I mean that they accept whatever happens
day to day without struggle or question or regret.  To them
things just are, like the earth and sky and seasons.

Celeste de Blasis

God does not make clones.  Each person is different, a tribute
to God's creativity.  If we are to love our neighbors as ourselves,
we must accept people as they are and not demand
that they conform to our own image.

Henry Fehren



It just ain't possible to explain some things.  It's interesting to wonder
on them and do some speculation, but the main thing is you have
to accept it--take it for what it is, and get on with your growing.

Jim Dodge


God asks no person whether he or she will accept life.
That is not the choice.  You must take it.  The only question is how.

Henry Ward Beecher


Growth begins when we start to accept our own weaknesses.

Jean Vanier


Articles and book excerpts on Acceptance:

Accepting Yourself Unconditionally      Brian Tracy
As Is      Gail Pursell Elliott

Acknowledge the Totality of Your Being      Richard Carlson

Differences      Iyanla Vanzant

Look at Life through the Windshield      Patti LaBelle

Now and Zen      Sylvia Boorstein

The River of Feelings      Thich Nhat Hanh

The Gerbil Story      Melody Beattie

The Waiver      Melody Beattie

The Fourth Tuesday:  We Talk about Death      Mitch Albom

Your Hidden Potential      Ari Kiev

Living with the Heart of a Child      Joe Mazzella

It's a Mistake!      tom walsh

Living Fully      Laura Russell

Thoughts on the Serenity Prayer      Ray Whiting

Snowy Day Gifts      Joe Mazzella

The Value of Acceptance      Janice Hain

Where I Am      tom walsh


You must know that you are worth much to me whether you accomplish
anything or not. Even if you are rejected in the world's eyes, you are valuable to me.

Stormie Omartian,

Anything in life that we don't accept will simply
make trouble for us until we make peace with it.

Shakti Gawain


Suppose you feel you cannot accept some fact about yourself.  Then
own your refusal to accept.  Own the block.  Embrace it fully.  And
watch it begin to disappear.  The principal is this:  Begin where you
are--accept that.  Then change and growth become possible.

Nathaniel Branden
Self-Esteem Every Day

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Acceptance of one's life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not
mean running away from the struggle.  On the contrary it means accepting
it as it comes. . . .  To accept is to say yes to life in its entirety.

Paul Tournier

Accepting that we have weaknesses becomes a strength.

Joseph M. Marshall III
Keep Going

One of the reasons it's important to accept all aspects of yourself is that
it allows you to be easier on yourself, more compassionate.  When you act
or feel insecure, rather than pretending to be "together," you can open to
the truth and say to yourself, "I'm feeling a little frightened and that's
okay."  If you're feeling a little jealous, greedy, or angry, rather than
deny or bury your feelings, you can open up to them, which helps you move
through them quickly and grow beyond them.  When you no longer think of
your negative feelings as a big deal, or as something to fear, you will no
longer be as frightened by them.  When you open to the totality of your
being you no longer have to pretend that your life is perfect, or even hope
that it will be.  Instead you can accept yourself as you are, right now.

Richard Carlson
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

You may accept the inevitable with bitterness and resentment
or with patience and grace.  Mere acceptance is not sufficient.

Paul Brunton


Understanding is the first step to acceptance,
and only with acceptance can there be recovery.

J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


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Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others.
Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval.
Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.

Lao Tzu

I am my own biggest critic. Before anyone else has criticized me, I have
already criticized myself. But for the rest of my life, I am going to be with
me and I don't want to spend my life with someone who is always critical.
So I am going to stop being my own critic. It's high time
that I accept all the great things about me.

C. JoyBell C.


My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance,
and in inverse proportion to my expectations.

Michael J. Fox




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