Saturday, January 8, 2011


Well, this is the hardest one of ALL for me! I've always laughingly blamed this part of my personality on my dad, because we're both the same when it comes to this. He "gave" it to me through genetics! I say this jokingly, of course. I actually do accept full responsibility for my own lack of acceptance. Brady has told me for years that I need to learn to "work acceptance." Well, eventually, when there is no other way out, I will get there. But if there is a shadow of a doubt, then I have trouble accepting what I don't want to accept. I honestly don't know if I will ever be able to do concept easily. And in some ways, I think this is a good thing, because I also don't accept certain bad habits, like my children being disrespectful or letting mean people continue to be mean to me. HOWEVER, if you know me, then you know how hard it is for me to "accept..." Help, compliments, life... Many things. What can we say? More to work on. Read on, my friends! See where you fall into this idea.

Accept the way things are. Recognize that there are some things you will never change--no matter how smart and loving you are. Accept that people will always do the best they can in that moment. Accept that if they had the capacity to do better, then surely they would. Accept a compliment graciously; don't apologize. Accept a gift with gratitude; don't push it away. Accept that your child is going through a prickly stage, and acknowledge that you have stages of your own. Know that this, too, shall pass. Your body is changing, so you'd better accept it. Accept that it will never be what it was before, and that eventually, it may be even better. Accept aging without fear. Accept the fact that you can't do it all. Ask for help and accept it. Accept an invitation to get together with other mothers, and meet each one with an air of acceptance.

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