An inspirational piece: Accepting yourself.
We all need to learn to accept the things we cannot change, and have the courage to change those we can.
I’m sure you’ve all heard people say that you have to accept yourself before anyone else will, or that you must love yourself before you can ever expect someone else to love you. This is all so true. This also brings to mind the the prayer of serenity that is used at many alcoholics anonymous meetings. The prayer says: ‘God grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, and the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.’ That is just the first part of the prayer.
The reason I brought up this prayer is not because I want to preach to people from an AA meeting, but because I want to tell you how important acceptance is. You don’t have to accept everything in life ,but you should learn to accept yourself for who and what you are warts and all.
The last inspirational piece I did was on being able to look in the mirror and thank God for all your many wonderful attributes and physical features. That forms a big part of being able to accept yourself for who you are. Acceptance is the key to unlocking ultimate happiness. When I used to look in the mirror and I found fault with absolutely everything, I was never happy with myself, I never used to feel good about myself in any way. All of this showed in my life. Now I choose to accept myself for who I am. I am always in the wars, so I have many scars. At first when I got a scar I felt embarrassed by it and hid it away under layers of clothing. Now I no longer hid my scars I have chosen to accept them as being part of who I am. It is after all only a sign of survival.
So why should you accept yourself? Well for starters God has accepted you, your parents, siblings, other family members and friends have already accepted you for the wonderful person that you are. So what is so wrong with you that you absolutely cannot accept yourself? Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying if you have grey hair you should just leave it and accept that you’re going grey. If you feel that it’s not acceptable, then by all means colour your hair. There are certain things like grey hair that we can change. However for those things that we can’t change, we really should learn to accept them. After all you are beautiful just the way you are. Remember if someone can’t accept you for who you are, then maybe that person is not worth having around in your life. We certainly don’t need people bringing us down and making us feel inferior. Remember the prayer of serenity. May you accept the things you cannot change, and may have the courage to change the things you can, and have the wisdom to know the difference. For the full prayer click on this link: Prayer of Serenity
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