Acceptance is Your Powerful Key to Time Transformation

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Acceptance changes everything.

Acceptance is one of the fundamental principles of 12-Step Programs and a key ingredient in making wise, well-grounded, and transformative time choices.

Many know this concept through its expression in what has come to be known as The Serenity Prayer:

Grant me the
Serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Reinhold Niebuhr

Acceptance is important in a wide range of situations.  Maybe you are experiencing a sudden and unwelcome change. Here in New Hampshire today we’re being challenged by what the weather service is calling a Bomb Cyclone — definitely a change that is testing us.

Whether it’s something big and unexpected, or something more daily, like a string of rainy days while you’re on vacation, your ability to accept reality is key.


Acceptance gives you a solid base.

When you accept what is you give yourself a place to stand. It’s a base for moving ahead in your life with full access to your energy and creativity.

Let’s go back to the weather. What do you do when confronted with a Bomb Cyclone? Or with a rainy day while you’re on vacation?

Do you suffer and complain? Or do you make the best of it?

The fundamental lesson of acceptance is that you can’t always control what is happening to you, but you do have complete control over how you deal with it. And it’s palpably true that the energy you bring to a situation — ANY situation — affects how you see it and what it becomes for you.

Acceptance isn’t giving in. It frees you.

Acceptance moves us powerfully from fighting against reality toward freeing up our creativity and energy for adapting to and exploring new terrain.  Your choices help you transform an annoyance or even a scary crisis into new opportunities.

Of course, there is often plenty of work involved, too, in transforming crises into opportunities.  But acceptance reframes the entire situation so that the work becomes proactive, expansive, and creative.

What a huge difference that makes.

So, do you sometimes struggle with acceptance?  Are there particular areas where you find this challenging?  What gets in the way?

Please drop me a line – I’d love to hear about your experiences.

Let’s explore time together …

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