Acceptance can sometimes feel like it’s a rather passive approach to take to things. But in fact sometimes acceptance is the first step towards fighting for change.
For example, if you accept that you have, say an addiction, that act of acceptance is the first step towards fighting that addiction and doing something about it.
Or if you accept that you have a health condition that you really didn’t want to accept, but now you accept it, you are far more likely than to do what’s necessary. You are more likely to work towards a cure or to manage the condition in ways that allow you the maximum choices in your life with that condition.
This is probably more important than ever now in the era of Long Covid but of course people have always been having to accept and deal with adverse health issues.
You could say the same about a relationship you’re in that’s causing you distress or about a situation at work that’s getting you down. Acceptance can be the first step towards searching for a solution.
Denial is never a good idea when it comes to important matters that we would be better off dealing with. Denial of a health condition, for instance, just postpones the day when you can do something about it.
So acceptance, however reluctant you may be about it, can be very empowering and that’s one of the most important of life lessons.
Acceptance is a key aspect of mindfulness (sometimes think it’s the most important part of it) and you can learn more about all aspects of mindfulness in my 15 lesson online course Easy Mindfulness (pay by donation, so it’s affordable to all). Find out more here.
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