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RCASA’s Tuesdays with Traci: Acceptance

In Education on August 3, 2010 at 8:00 am

Our basic recovery concept that never loses its power to work miracles is the concept called acceptance.

We do not achieve acceptance in a moment. We often have to work through a mirage of feelings– sometimes anger, outrage, shame, self-pity, or sadness. But if acceptance is our goal, we will achieve it.

What is more freeing than to laugh at our weaknesses and to be grateful for our strengths? To know the entire package called “us”– with all our feelings, thoughts, tendencies, and history– is worthy of acceptance and brings healing feelings.

To accept our circumstances is another miraculous cure. For anything or anyone to change, we must first accept ourselves, others, and the circumstance axactly as they are. Then, we need to take it one step further. We need to become grateful for ourselves or our circumstances. We add a touch of faith by saying, “I know this is exactly the way it’s supposed to be for the moment.”

No matter how complicated we get, the concept od acceptance never loses it’s power to restore us to sanity.

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