“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 world

As 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 with Him forever in the next. Amen” – Anon

This poem or prayer came to my mind this morning; having the ability to accept things as they are or accepting who you are. It is difficult for us to accept the way we are, or accepting someone for who they are or accepting the way something is. We are always trying to change things, but it isn’t the change that is the hardest part… it is the accepting that is. To understand that everything may not go your way and you are not the same as someone else, it is the acceptance that we are all different. Some of us are more outgoing, more adventurous than others… or some are more caring, quieter, more understanding. What are some things that you need to accept about yourself, someone else or a situation today?

I need to accept that I am not as outgoing as my sisters, I do not have to be funny or quirky all the time; I can just be shy, gentle, soft Kaitlin… be the woman I am and become the woman I should be. I need to accept that there was nothing I could have about my mother’s illness or death… that it wasn’t my fault but  an unfortunate circumstance that occurred much to early in both of our lives. I need to stop letting that burden of her death take over my life and cause time to stop for me; I must allow myself to move on and be happy because that is what she would have wanted. I need to accept that I may go another 60 years on this earth… but I will see her face again and we will hug again but till that time I need to let go of the hurt of her memory and allow the happy memories to shine through.

So if there is something you need to talk about or need to accept… this is a safe place. There isn’t judgment, resentment, or hate here… just love… and acceptance. Take care, God bless!

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