Acceptance Is The Answer – AA Big Book
“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 my attitudes.”
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, Fourth Edition, Page 417 (#ad)
Acceptance Is The Answer – 10 Thoughts
- Learning to accept criticism: It can be difficult to hear negative feedback, but accepting it and using it constructively can help you improve and grow.
- Accepting failure: Failure is a natural part of the learning process. Rather than dwelling on it, learn from it and move on.
- Accepting change: Change can be scary and uncomfortable, but accepting it and adapting to it can lead to new opportunities and growth.
- Accepting diversity: Everyone is unique and has their own beliefs, opinions, and ways of living. Accepting and respecting diversity can lead to a more inclusive and harmonious world.
- Accepting imperfection: No one is perfect, and striving for perfection can be exhausting and unattainable. Accepting your flaws and mistakes can lead to greater self-acceptance and inner peace.
- Accepting rejection: Rejection is never easy, but accepting it and using it as a learning experience can help you grow and become more resilient.
- Accepting limitations: We all have our limitations, whether they be physical, emotional, or mental. Accepting these limitations can help you focus on your strengths and work around your weaknesses.
- Accepting uncertainty: Life is unpredictable, and there will always be moments of uncertainty. Learning to accept these moments and trust in yourself and the universe can help you feel more grounded and at peace.
- Accepting responsibility: It can be tempting to blame others for our mistakes or shortcomings, but accepting responsibility for our actions can lead to greater self-awareness and personal growth.
- Accepting others as they are: We cannot change others, only ourselves. Learning to accept others as they are, without trying to change them, can lead to more fulfilling and harmonious relationships.