We have gotten to a point that our list is too long to keep listing each week. Congratulations! That is how far you have already come and how much you have already accomplished in 12 weeks. This week, we are going to add acceptance. This can be a very broad task yet specific at the same time.

Acceptance means the action or process of being received as adequate or suitable, typically to be admitted into a group. It also means allowing things to be just as they are. Accepting the adequacy & suitability into our lives no matter what. Accepting the lack of control or power to how life unfolds sometimes. Now this doesn’t mean that we like what happens or lay down like a dead dog. What is does mean is that for some reason known or unknown, things are just as they should be. We may learn why later or we may never know, however allowing things to just be is clearing to the mind in allowing better focus on what to do from there. We have to trust.

What we are going to work on this week and continually in life is accepting things in life just as they are. Having the faith that they are perfect as they should be whether we like it or not, whether it makes sense or not and even whether it is easy versus hard. Acceptance in my life has allowed me to heal myself more than anything that I have tried combined. All the hardships that I have endured all happened for a reason. Most of the time with acceptance, I do learn the reason of why however even if I don’t, I know that it happened to create growth, lessons learned, expansion of my heart in love and much, much more.

Accepting the responsibility of how we react to life as it happens is another part of acceptance. If you get in a fight with a loved one, are stressed over bills, are not enjoying your job or just don’t feel like you have direction in life… many times looking at our responsibility in any given situation can give clues to how you can now make a better choice. Also, responding with anger, desperation, sadness, depression or similar emotions is a decision on how we react. It is choice. Like attracts like and if we respond in any way that is not what we want in the long run nor expect from others in our lives if the tables were turned, then we can in no way expect a positive outcome with self-resolution.

Because I have a deep personal experience within the subject of acceptance, I would like to share it with you. I talk about it often only in hopes that my life experience can do something uplifting for them in return. Sadly, I had to accept one of the hardest things in life. When my first marriage was at the bottom I use to pray a lot. I knew God had a great plan for me and I knew that meant my marriage staying together. I hammered those prays daily and fervently. I was sure to cherish every moment and think positive with inspiring affirmations throughout the whole process, however there was still underlying despair and fear for losing my marriage. Then one day I just accepted that God’s plan may be different than the one I envisioned. I accepted that my plans may not be the best for me and the universe had a better one. With that change of perspective the despair and fear drained away to be replaced with contentment and even happiness. The marriage ended, but the new plan that was in store for me was much better and far beyond what I could imagine.

It is our responsibility if we choose peace & happiness in life that we react in the way that reflects peace & happiness. We need to create the internal environment within ourselves if we hope to surround our life with the desired goal, emotion or outcome. Acceptance in life as mentioned above is the quickest way to find peace, happiness and purposeful resolution. Have a blessed & purpose filled week!