Discovering Serenity: A Guide to Embracing the Unchangeable

“Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgment of the facts of a situation, then deciding what you’re going to do about it.” – Kathleen Casey Theisen

Hey Friend!
A question I often get asked is “How do you find peace with the things you can’t change?”
For me personally, I wish I could change my paralysis to play volleyball with my girls or toss my son in the pool. Yet this longing doesn’t take away my joy.
This strength comes from acceptance. Without it, I would haunt myself with “what ifs”, constantly thinking about how life could be different and robbing me of fully experiencing life’s beauty in the present moment.  
Acceptance means acknowledging what we can’t change and focusing our energy on what we can influence. It’s embracing who we are and the circumstances life has given us, rather than wasting energy rejecting reality or wishing it was different.
True acceptance is not weakness but meekness. It’s an act of courage, confronting what pains us head on and leaning into it rather than avoiding discomfort. By doing this I’m able to pivot to see life as it is in the present, untainted by judgment, resentment, or comparisons. I’m then able to focus on the limitless possibilities within my reach right now.
Acceptance provides the foundation to build inner peace, empowerment, and taking inspired action. With acceptance, we stop fighting reality and instead flow with life and get busy creating. 
Know that acceptance is an ongoing journey that takes deep patience and compassion for ourselves. It’s not a destination we reach once and for all – it’s the gift we give ourselves each day to find resilience and peace on this human journey.
Though the path of acceptance is often hard, may you find strength to walk it. Share below – how do you practice acceptance in your life? What helps you on the journey?
Your friend,

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