Serenity: Accept the things I cannot change

“Acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation — some fact of my life — unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God’s world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.” – Big Book of AA, page 449
“Many of the problems we experience in ongoing recovery stem from an inability to accept ourselves on a deep level. . . Very often, we discover that we are harsh critics of ourselves, wallowing in self-loathing and self-rejection. . . The most effective means of achieving self-acceptance is through applying the 12 Steps of recovery. . . We no longer have to look for the approval of others because we are satisfied with being ourselves. . . Accepting ourselves as we are resolves the problem of expecting human perfection. When we accept ourselves, we can accept others into our lives, unconditionally, probably for the 1st time…” IP #19: “Self-Acceptance” published by NA
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