acceptance - acceptance 3 - letting go

Our entire life. . . consists
ultimately of accepting
ourselves as we are.

Jean Anouilh


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 will very 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.

Bernie Siegel


If two angels were sent down from heaven--one to conduct an empire, and the other to sweep a street--they would feel no inclination to change employments.

Isaac Newton


One of the worst features about worrying is that it destroys our ability to concentrate.  When we worry, our minds jump here and there and everywhere, 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

The people with the clear heads are the ones who look life in the face, 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.

Josť Ortega y Gasset

When we accept what happens to us
and make the best of it, we are praising God.

Teresa of Avila


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Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.



If you can accept the flow of life and give in to it, you will be accepting
what is real.  Only when you accept what is real can you live with it in
peace and happiness.  The alternative is a struggle that will never end
because it is a struggle with the unreal, with a mirage
of life instead of life itself.

Deepak Chopra

The transition from rebellion to acceptance has an extremely important consequence. . . in which we start seeing life as a training school, to teach us what we need to learn.

Piero Ferrucci

Rowing against the tide is hard and uncertain.  To go with the tide and thus take advantage of the workings of the great natural force is safe and easy.

Ralph Waldo Trine

Only when you can accept that you are alone,
will you discover that you are not alone.

Leonard Jacobson



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I started to discover the meaning of happiness when I started
to discover--and practice--the art of acceptance.  When I started
to accept life for what it was and I started to accept whatever
situation I was in as the way things were, I started to see that
my happiness depended on my own attitude.  When I started focusing
on getting the most out of my life the way it was rather than trying
to turn it into what I thought it should be, I started to realize
that I was, indeed, becoming a much happier person.

tom walsh

Acceptance is not a talent you either have or donít have.
Itís a learned response. My meditation teacher made a great point
about the difference between a reaction and a response: You may
not have control over your initial reaction to something, but you can
decide what your response will be. You donít have to be at the mercy
of your emotions, and acceptance can be your first step toward
empowerment . . . For me, acceptance has been the cornerstone
to my having an emotionally healthy response to my illness.

Morrie Schwartz

Morrie:  In His Own Words

Traveler:  What kind of weather are we going to have today?

Shepherd:  The kind of weather I like.

Traveler:  How do you know it will be the kind of weather you like?

Shepherd:  Having found out, sir, I cannot always get what I like, I have learned always to like what I get.  So I am quite sure we will have the kind of weather I like.

Anthony De Mello

Millions of people have wrecked their
lives in angry turmoil, because they
refused to accept the worst; refused
to try to improve upon it; refused to
salvage what they could from the wreck.
Instead of trying to reconstruct their
fortunes, they engaged in a bitter
and "violent contest with experience"--
and ended up victims of that brooding
fixation known as melancholia.

Dale Carnegie


We cannot change anything unless we accept it.
Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.

Carl Jung


To the extent that we honor all aspects of ourselves, we remove revulsion,
self-hate, horror, and terror from our lives.  As whole human beings we are
the creatures of the greatest complexity on this planet.  Respect for this
complexity includes our insisting on acceptance of the inconsistent and incongruous.

Theodore Rubin


Acceptance is not a state of passivity or inaction.  We are not
saying you can't change the world, right wrongs or replace evil
with good.  Acceptance is, in fact, the first step to successful
action.  If you don't fully accept a situation precisely the way
it is, you will have difficulty changing it.  Moreover, if you
don't fully accept the situation, you will never really know
if the situation should be changed.

John-Roger and Peter McWilliams
Life 101


The moment that judgment stops through acceptance of what it is,
you are free of the mind. You have made room for love, for joy, for peace.

Eckhart Tolle
Practicing the Power of Now


Fighting life only saps our energy, blocking us from the love,
healing, and compassion available to us from our own hearts.
Once we accept our given reality, our energy shifts.  Release happens.

Susan Santucci


When you accept that you are not in charge of everything, you can
begin to work with the one who really is in charge.  This has been
my experience; when I accepted that I was not in charge and started
to work with someone else's plan, the Boss showed up.  Now we
are a team and I have less to be concerned about.  He organizes my
schedule.  I just follow it, and when He is taking a day off my wife steps in.

Bernie Siegel


Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free.
Stay centered by acceptance.  This is the ultimate.

Chuang Tse


acceptance - acceptance 3 - letting go    

Become aware of the dragons and fears inside you.  Nonjudgmentally
observing feelings gives us the opportunity to understand ourselves
better and allows the feelings themselves to heal and transform.  If
you fearfully resist feelings, labeling them bad/wrong/ugly, they'll
stick to your mind and grow.  Acknowledge all of your feelings.  You
don't need to act on them; just see that they are within you.  Invite
your dragons into the light of your attention and respect.  Then,
accept them.  Feelings aren't right or wrong; they just are.  A gentle
climate of love and acceptance fosters the possibility of change and
growth in feelings that only worsen if kept hidden.

Sue Patton Thoele
The Courage to Be Yourself

There are things I can't force.  I must adjust.  There are times when
the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.

C.M. Ward


To accept the inevitable; neither to struggle against it
nor murmur at it--this is the great lesson of life.

Dinah Mulock Craik

If the day ever came when we were able to accept ourselves and
our children exactly as we and they are, then, I believe, we would
have come very close to an ultimate understanding of what "good"
parenting means.  It's a part of being human to fall short of that
total acceptance--and often far short.  But one of the most important
gifts a parent can give a child is the gift of accepting that child's uniqueness.

Fred Rogers
The World According to Mr. Rogers

The first key to creating heaven on earth is to accept yourself just the
way you are right now.  Recognize that you are perfect just the way
you are, and really believe that you are perfect just the way you are.
This is the very first step, and it is not easy.  You, and very likely
others in your life, have been telling yourself something different for
a long, long time.  So you have to practice accepting yourself and
seeing yourself as perfect, over and over again.  This is the first step.
Practice, practice, practice.  That is what makes you the master.
The amazing thing is that as you do this everything starts
shifting and changingó and I mean everything.

Don Miguel Ruiz Jr.
Little Book of Wisdom



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