Monday, February 24, 2014

Learning to accept

Acceptance is such an integral part of a persons life. 

I was sitting on the beach a couple of days back and just watching the waves lap the shore. It was a calm evening and the sea wasn't its usual rough self. There were hardly any clouds and only a sliver of a moon and the inky black sky actually looked like the cover of a worm eaten book held up to a light - there were a million stars. And it was there, in those 45 minutes of 'me' time that I figured out what was tormenting me for so long. 

I had been fighting within myself for something that I knew right from the very start wasn't a possibility. 'Acceptance' is the word which pushed its way to the forefront after so many months of conflict in my inner being. It was the solution I had been praying for, for so long. 

Accepting that acceptance is the way forward and is what I know to be the solution to all of my life's little hiccups but I'm still learning. Learning to accept. 

This little prayer is what guides me day by day: 

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.

Living one day at a time; 
Enjoying one moment at a time; 
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; 
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it; 
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life 
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
--Reinhold Niebuhr

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