The Best Mother’s and Father’s Day Gift: ACCEPTANCE

The Best Mother’s and Father’s Day Gift: ACCEPTANCE

We’re taught to honor our mother and father.   But what if they weren’t exactly a model of calm maternal and paternal caring, strength, and guidance during your childhood.   What if they still criticize and demean you, infuriate you, or simply...

Three Misconceptions About Acceptance

Three Misconceptions About Acceptance

Do you have trouble accepting annoying people in your life?  If you are like others I have spoken to on the matter, your thoughts on the subject might be similar to theirs: Why should I accept . . . My sister’s condescending behavior? My mother’s...

Acceptance Conversations As Peacemakers

Acceptance Conversations As Peacemakers

I have learned that acceptance conversations can be true peacemakers that bridge the current political and social divides. Since the publication of The Gifts of Acceptance  (recently awarded “Top 10 Wellness Books of 2018” by Library...

Challenges of Accepting People and Things as They Are

Challenges of Accepting People and Things as They Are

There are formidable challenges to accepting people and things as they are.  In the Gifts of Acceptance: Embracing People and Things as They Are I explore in depth how to overcome the main obstacles to practicing acceptance.  As part of my...

The Gifts of Accepting Our Children’s Addictions

The Gifts of Accepting Our Children’s Addictions

Some people–maybe even you–upon reading the title of this post might immediately retort something like, “Gifts? What do you mean mean gifts?  My child’s addiction has been nothing but a horrendous burden for us.” I...

The Link Between Acceptance and Recovery

The Link Between Acceptance and Recovery

In a previous post, The Link between Addiction and Control, I considered whether a pertinent connection exists between addiction and control. I hypothesized that because the internal lives of most addicts are so out of control, they attempt to...

Keys to Moving from Denial to Acceptance

Keys to Moving from Denial to Acceptance

Overcoming denial is a prerequisite to acceptance. You can’t accept “what is” when you are in denial, because you are unaware of or can’t “see”the underlying reality of the situation or person. Simply put, you...

The Gifts of Acceptance Special Preorder Price

The Gifts of Acceptance Special Preorder Price

 I am very excited to let you know that the ebook of my new book, The Gifts of Acceptance: Embracing People And Things as They Are, can now be preordered through Amazon. A special $2.99 preorder price is available until May 15, 2018, and no...

Acceptance Intentions for 2018

Acceptance Intentions for 2018

  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...

5 Ways High Expectations Hurt You

In Losing Control, Finding Serenity, I explain how high expectations are a driving force behind our need to control our loved ones, children, friends and others. High expectations of others pressure them to do and be what we want, or what we feel...

5 Keys to Practicing “Acceptance”

An underlying theme of my book, Losing Control, Finding Serenity, is that acceptance is fundamental to reducing our need to control. Readers agree. The most highlighted sentence of Amazon’s best selling eBook version is: “The more we accept...