Find Time for Acceptance

Rainy DayFinding time to accept what you cannot change is one of the fundamental principles of 12-Step Programs and a key ingredient in making wise and well-grounded time choices.

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

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.

Acceptance is important in a wide range of situations.  Maybe you are responding to a sudden (and unwelcome) change as we did recently at Finding Time. Or perhaps you’re dealing with a more everyday annoyance like a string of rainy days while you’re on vacation.

Acceptance gives you a solid base.

In either case, accepting what is provides you with a base for moving ahead in your life with full access to your energy and creativity.  Think about people’s struggles with the weather here in New England.

What do you do on a rainy day while on vacation? Do you suffer and complain or do you make the best of it and create your own good time? Like many things in life, we can’t control the weather but we have complete control over how we deal with it.

Indeed, in many very profound ways, the energy we bring to a situation affects how we see it and what it becomes for us.

Acceptance moves us…

Acceptance moves us powerfully from fighting against reality toward freeing up our creativity and energy for adapting to and exploring new terrain.  This was certainly the case with our changes at Finding Time – where our choices helped us transform a scary crisis into some new opportunities.

Of course, there is often plenty of work involved, too, in transforming crises into opportunities.  Acceptance reframes the entire situation so that the work can become proactive, expansive, and creative. What a huge difference that makes.

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.

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Let’s explore time together …


  1. I love how you frame accepting what lies beyond our control as a “base for moving ahead in your life with full access to your energy and creativity”! In essence, it’s a way to refuse to remain stuck, and is an unconditional embrace of life’s opportunities!

  2. Hi Alison – and thank you for your thoughts. I love the phrase “unconditional embrace of life’s opportunities.” That’s a wonderful way to put it.

    To your time success!

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