As each year passes more quickly than the last one, I have come to appreciate what it means to grow in maturity. So instead of having unrealistic goals and resolutions to transform myself over night, I have decided to make this year a year of Acceptance.
- Accept that I am getting older and my life is made up of more than fighting wrinkles, body image and grey hair. My beauty grows from the inside not the outside.
- Accept that certain relationships will never reconcile. I will remind myself, when I am feeling grieved about it, that often gentle good-byes are the acts of great courage and kindness. It is kinder to let go so you can love them, rather than hold them close and hate them. It is true that you will only be able to love some people from a safe distance.
- Accept forgiveness for myself and to forgive others. Forgiveness is a reminder that I am not perfect. I will always be a work in progress. When I withhold forgiveness to others who may have offended me, I am acting self-righteously. I have no right to judge, punish, or absolve anyone. When I withhold forgiveness to myself or others I am the who will suffer, since I separate myself from fellow human beings. I do NOT know the motives or circumstances that cause another’s behavior.
- Accept that I can have an opinion without insisting that others share it.
- Accept that life is a blessing.
- Accept that life is only lived one day at a time.
- Accept that my needs are my responsibility.
- Accept that I have both shortcomings and strengths.
- Accept that I need to ask for help when I need it and acting on my own when I don’t.
- Accepting love from others, even if I’m having a tough time loving myself.
- Accept that I can care FOR people without having to take care OF them.
I have a primary responsibility to myself and the world: to make myself into the best person I can possibly be. Then and only then, will I have something worthwhile to share.
May 2020 bring you healing, peace, love, abundance, forgiveness, and acceptance.