Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Today's Noun - Acceptance

ac·cept·ance /ækˈsɛptəns/ Pronunciation [ak-sep-tuhns]
–noun
1.
the act of taking or receiving something offered.
2.
favorable reception; approval; favor.
3.
the act of assenting or believing: acceptance of a theory.
4.
the fact or state of being accepted or acceptable.

Synonyms: accepting, acknowledgement, acquiring, admission, agreement, approval, assent, compliance, consent, cooperation, gaining, getting, having, obtaining, okay, permission, receipt, reception, recognition, securing, taking [on], undertaking

Antonyms: disagreement, refusal, rejection

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I have to begin a journey of acceptance in my life. It is the only choice I have left, having exhausted all other options. Accepting where things are, what things are, how things are, who they are, and when things are . . . all without knowing WHY things are. That's a tough one for me. I've always been a "But WHY?" person. I've also always been a planner. In this, I'm formulating a plan for just how to go about doing this acceptance thing. I am using the best tools I have available to me - understanding of the word itself, along with the Serenity Prayer.

I have many doubts that anyone that doesn't know me, and know me well, is going to fully understand this post - which is actually my style of poetry. My mind is a complex and obscure place to wander, so . . . Prepare Thyself!

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;

Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful worldas it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy in the next.
--Reinhold Niebu
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The journey begins with . . .

Acknowledgement, to Admission, to Compliance, to Approval;
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change

Then on to Aquiring, and therefore Cooperation;
the courage to change the things I can

Then from Obtaining, to Receiving, to Assent
and wisdom to know the difference.

Further, from Compliance. . .
Living one day at a time;

. . . to Approval. . .
Enjoying one moment at a time;

. . . to further Assent.
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace.

From Recognition. . .
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it.

. . . to Undertaking . . .
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;

. . . and finally Obtaining, Receipt, Reception, Securing, Gaining, Getting.
That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy in the next.

Well, that's the plan, at any rate.

3 comments:

LibAnn said...

I love you girl! Am proud of you!

And ps I haven't said it yet, but I love the entire concept of this blog. You are doing something I have yet to see anyone else do. You creative thing you.

Happy Turkey Day! Soak in every possible moment. I am sending my thoughts, prayers and white light with you and Huntman tomorrow.

jayedee said...

acceptance....
a hard one for me. too hardheaded i guess.
100% in agreement with lib in re your concept. bravo! it's a good 'un!

hope your thanksgiving was a nice one full of blessings, good company and great food!

Spiritheart said...

{curtsey} Thank you, Ladies!

And, amazingly, my Thanksgiving turned out to be wonderful, as I am aware yours did. I'm . . . thankfull. 8~P