It is a constant challenge to practice acceptance, especially when the stakes seem high or the circumstances dire, or when our resentments are strong. My forthcoming book due this spring, The Gifts of Acceptance:Embracing People and Things as They Are, offers effective tools and strategies for practicing acceptance in our important relationships and life circumstances. (You can download a free preview chapter here)
Most chapters include acceptance intentions aimed at facilitating acceptance of people and things as they are. Below are some of my acceptance intentions for 2018.
I intend to:
Accept my loved one’s personal choices
Not judge my friends harshly
Listen attentively to my children
Accept my parents’ shortcomings
Remember I am not perfect
Don’t take things so personally
Recognize that my way is not the only way,
Be realistic about what I can do
Not be in denial of my limitations
Be more aware of what I cannot change or control
Trust that everything will work out as it is meant to be, and
Remember that acceptance is fundamentally a choice
From much experience, I know full well that I will not always be able to fulfill these intentions. However, I also know that even partial success often results in meaningful, and often unexpected, gifts.
What are your acceptance intentions for 2018? I encourage you to formulate your own—and please share them with me and others in the comment section of this post.
Here’s wishing you,
Greater Serenity in 2018!
And remember to,
Let It Go– and Accept What Is!
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