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Hunting for Serenity

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things i cannot change…..”

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purple storm clouds above sun

Seems like a pretty far out thought, hey? An incredibly foreign notion to so many.

We sometimes feel we have to take on the world and fix it all and, when that is not possible, and we feel like we are failing, we get so overwhelmed that we end up taking out frustrations on other people unknowingly (or knowingly) or ourselves creating perpetuate bad habits.

While it is not easy sometimes, it IS possible to chill and put things into perspective to learn how to roll with life and not leave holes in walls or curl up into a fetal position in a corner.

For so many years, I had a hard time accepting life's situations and people as they were for a thousand different reasons in a thousand different ways, skipping all the way into adulthood. Acceptance? What? Listen here, Sister, I am in charge here and you're not the boss of me! I am in charge of my own destiny! Me. Not you! I get to choose my path and my successes! Um, ya right. Sorry, my friends, but that is a little bit much and I hate to burst your bubble but ……..hang on. I can explain.

girl in the window

Let's have a look at some basic acceptances we generally don’t think of:​

  • We have a face

  • The sun and moon shine at different times of the day

  • You will sleep again at some point

  • My hair clip is pink (just trust me here)

  • Death and taxes

You pickin’ up what I am puttin’ down? These are things we accept. We accept because it just is.

We cannot do anything about them and we learn to roll with it. The good and the not so good. So try this one on for size: I chose to drink but I did not choose to be an alcoholic. Make sense? It gets ugly real fast. I cannot drink and have a normal life at the same time. With a lot of help through a river of tears, I learned to accept it. That was the only way to feel peace in my world and begin to heal.