just ain't possible to explain some things. It's interesting
to wonder on them
and do some speculation, but the main
is you have to accept it--take it
what it is,
and get on with your growing. -Jim
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
serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful,
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.
begins when we start to accept our own weaknesses.
in life that we don't accept will simply
make trouble for
us until we make peace with it.
we rail and kick against it and grow bitter, we won't change the
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.
|God does not
make clones. Each person is different, a tribute
to God's creativity. If we are to love our neighbors as
we must accept people as they are and not demand
that they conform to our own image.
are people who live lives little different than the beasts,
and I don't mean that badly. I mean that they accept
day to day without struggle or question or regret. To them
things just are, like the earth and sky and seasons.
advice to you is not to inquire why or whither,
but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.
Everything has its wonders, even darkness and
and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
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.
I accept life
unconditionally. Most people ask for happiness on condition.
Happiness can only be felt if you don't set any condition.
Acceptance of what has happened is the first step
to overcoming the consequence of any misfortune.
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.
very first problem is to accept our present circumstances as they
ourselves as we are, and the people about us as they are.
to adopt a realistic humility without which no genuine advance can
begin. . . . Provided we strenuously avoid turning these realistic
surveys of the
facts of life into unrealistic alibis for apathy or defeatism, the
the sure foundation upon which increased emotional health
and therefore spiritual progress can be built.
Bill Sees It
in life that we really accept undergoes a change. So suffering must become love. That is the mystery.
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)
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
I know that I cannot control the ocean tides. I can only
go with the flow. . . . When I struggle and try to organize the
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.
is not submission; it is acknowledgement
of the facts of a situation, then deciding
what you're going to do about it.
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.
is a letting-go process. You let go of your
wishes and demands that life can be different. It's a
conscious choice. -Gary
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.
Acceptance is observation of life and
suspension of judgment about whether what
is happening is good or bad, right or wrong.
Of course there is no formula for success
except perhaps, an unconditional acceptance
of life and what it brings.
teach people how to live without certainty and yet without
being paralyzed by hesitation is the lesson of learning
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
from the storehouse of our skills to the enrichment of our common
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.
of one's life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not
mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary it
it as it comes. . . . To accept is to say yes to life in its
|Acceptance is the truest
kinship with humanity. -G.K. Chesterton
happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance,
and in inverse proportion to my expectations. -Michael J. Fox
am my own biggest critic. Before anyone else has criticized me, I
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.
one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others.
Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others'
Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.
|Understanding is the first step to acceptance,
and only with acceptance can there be recovery.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
may accept the inevitable with bitterness and resentment
or with patience and grace. Mere acceptance is not
sufficient. -Paul Brunton
|Accepting that we have weaknesses becomes a
strength. -Joseph M.
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people with the clear heads are the ones who look life in
realize that everything in it is problematic, and feel
themselves lost. And this is the simple truth: that to live is to feel
oneself lost. Those
who accept it have already begun to find themselves, to be
on firm ground. -Jose Ortega y Gasset
of the worst features about worrying is that it destroys our
to concentrate. When we worry, our minds jump here and there and
and we lose all
power of decision. However, when we force ourselves to
face the worst and accept
it mentally, we then eliminate all these vague imaginings
and put ourselves in a
position in which we are
able to concentrate on our problem.
Willis H. Carrier
two angels were sent down from heaven--one to conduct an empire,
the other to sweep a street--they would feel no inclination to
change employments. -Isaac
entire life. . . consists
ultimately of accepting
ourselves as we
|Several of our children have married outside my
faith. Would I prefer they marry
within their religion? Yes, because I know that
marrying outside the family faith
likely bring them more
problems--but not from me. My job is to accept
them and love
them, not to criticize them and make their lives more difficult.
the reasons it's important to accept all aspects of yourself is
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
and say to yourself, "I'm feeling a little frightened and
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
negative feelings as a big deal, or as something to fear, you
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.
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