Acceptance is a word that describes a behavior or mindset that many deem to be the hallmark of a weak mind or a person without a fighting spirit. However, I beg to differ. I believe that acceptance is best summed up in the Serenity Prayer and in some slightly longer maxims that were inspired by the following words:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
I think perhaps the concept of acceptance is one reason I love books (and movies). In books, people seem more ready to accept their handicaps and work past them or in spite of them while in real life people often rail against their reality. While I am all for protesting wrongs and not being a party to oppression, I think we often rail against the smaller aspects of our reality because we have been trained to feel guilty when we need little to find contentment and can consistently begin again.
Right now there are things I want in my life and that I am working toward getting. Along this journey I have met with frustration thanks to the stacks of bureaucratic paperwork and middle men a person must seemingly go through to complete fairly rudimentary transactions outside of the realm of items one can purchase at a retail outlet. While I do not like delays, I accept them and remain content within despite my wishes for a smoother process and despite my not being happy with the continued construction of hurtles along the pathway to my goal.
It is possible to accept something and not like it at the same time. Constantly locking horns with a problem instead of pulling back, recentering in the present, and then reapproaching reality from a new standpoint is not productive and actually makes one a less cunning adversary. The new viewpoint one receives from acceptance will usually present a new way to tackle the issue which, depending upon the obstacles in your path, may take your potential adversary by surprise if they are locking horns with you.
Food for thought…also know as “I have been watching Kung Fu.”
Welcome to participants in the A to Z Challenge. I will do my best to visit all the blogs on the list this year and can’t wait to comment on your site.