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A Step Closer to Acceptance

expect the worst

Accept More by Realizing Things Don’t Have to Be Anything

  • Truth be told, things only have to be what they are.

To Learn Acceptance, Repeat this Saying Often:

“Because it should be does not mean that it must be.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

What Is acceptance?

Acceptance is the willingness to face reality as it is.

  • Accepting that something exists is not the same as condoning it or thinking that it should exist forever.
  • Things are often not what they should be. That is proof enough that things don’t have to be what they should be.
  • Yes, it is often preferable if things are right instead of wrong, but that does not make it right to demand that things be right.
  • Work to make things right, but accept the results when they do not measure up. After accepting the results, you might then work some more in the hopes of better results.
  • Demanding that things are right is wrong since few things in life can measure up to being right in all ways.

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Quotations from Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“Each of us does, in effect, strike a series of ‘deals,’ or compromises, between the wants and longings of the inner self, and an outer environment that offers certain possibilities and sets certain limitations.” —Maggie Scarf 

“For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.” —I Peter 2:20 

“Happy is the man who early learns the wide chasm that lies between his wishes and his powers.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

“If you want peace, then put peace over being right.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“If you want to be happy, then put happiness over being right.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“If you want to change others, then change yourself.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“If you want to control others, then control yourself.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“Let us not burden our remembrances with a heaviness that is gone.” —William Shakespeare 

“What has always made a hell on earth is that man has tried to make it his heaven.” —Friedrich Holderlin 

“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 being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.” —Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, p. 449 (The Big Book) 

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