22 September 2022

There are three main choices in life – Accept it, Change it or Leave it and keeping the serenity prayer in mind as you go about your day to day life will not only stand you in good stead but may well stop you from losing your marbles!

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the Wisdom to know the difference.

I guess the thing to remember here is that acceptance of a person or situation doesn’t mean choosing, wanting, endorsing, supporting or liking whatever it is that you are needing or having to accept. It is simply there and not moving moving anytime soon and so it needs to be dealt with. In order to move forward and progress on your spiritual pathway acceptance is needed. There is simply no point in causing yourself or others any more pain and suffering by locking horns with it, struggling or rejecting it. It doesn’t mean that it will always be like that or that it can’t be changed but for now, today, it is what it is.

A classic example of this would be negative body image. People can struggle with anxiety, depression and self-worth over their body shape. Accepting how you look doesn’t mean that you can’t do something about it and it doesn’t mean that things will stay that way forever. Simply accepting it for what it is allows you to plan your next steps. Acceptance does not mean giving up or apathy it just reduces anxiety and stress levels both of which are damaging to your health.