January 31

ACCEPTANCE MONTH: DAY 31: “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 begin exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake; unless I accept life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.” – Dr. Paul O.

So, this is the deal, the whole deal with acceptance. I have always had this piece somewhere near my desk, so I can read it every day. I sometimes read it 5000 times a day. I do not believe there is another piece in the BB that keeps me as sane as this one.

Some folks are all about the Serenity Prayer, but I really resonate more completely with this. I must know what the problem is. I gain serenity through this piece.

Some folks are disappointed to find that they are addicts and alcoholics. I was relieved. Step 1 was a huge weight lifted off my back. I got it that there was something wrong. But I thought it was way worse than being an addict. I truly believed I was insane. And that there was no way I would ever get past the rage and terror I lived with every day.

The drugs and alcohol that had given me relief for a while with that became the problems that helped me find the real problem. Okay! It ain’t the drugs and alcohol. It is the way I view the world. I am so off-kilter that I needed a new way to see and a new way to be.

That is what this is. A whole new way to look at life and live. And fall in love with the person I hated most when I got here…me! This is awesome! And I have an attitude problem, that gets adjusted every day, sometimes 5000 times a day. But you guys gave me the tool box and the tools and showed me how they work for you.

This is such an amazing gift! To be powerless, again and again, and to see where true Power lies and to have some of that on MY side for a change. I will never get over the miracles of it all.

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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