What do you think of when you hear the word ‘acceptance’? If we can’t undo or change something, we need to learn how to accept it, rather than living in the ‘what-if’ and the ‘if-only’; all this serves to do is freeze and frustrate us and stop us from taking positive and meaningful action. Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation, and it doesn’t signify giving up. It means understanding that this life has a rhythm, a heartbeat; space for both the beautiful and ugly, both pain and joy. I like the way St. Therese of Lisieux puts it: “I choose everything.”
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
I choose this life. I choose everything.
– Written by Natalie Snodgrass Tan, Quiet Space Ltd