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“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters”

– M. Scott Peck

Today I’m working on acceptance. This has always been a difficult one for me because I am capable of so much. I do everything myself; do my own mechanic work, construction, you name it I do it.

But there are things beyond my ability to fix. Things I have no control over. And other things that have resulted from my choices, good or bad, that follow me, linger like specters, haunt my dreams and unbalance me.

Accepting them is not easy but it’s necessary because without acceptance I fall under their control. I am led by them and I suffer and sometimes the pain of those things can be overwhelming.

In accepting my limitations, knowing that my best is always good enough, I render those things powerless. They still exist. They just don’t control me.

This is not always an easy thing to do So today I pray to the Divine Source that I learn to accept those things I can not change, learn from them the lessons I require, and live in peaceful acceptance of them.


  1. This is beautiful! Like your own personal version of the Serenity Prayer. May I use this in the groups I run? (of course giving credit to you.)

    • Forgive my blunt response, I never know what to say to requests like that. I just sort of retch up what I’m thinking and stir it around a little until it makes some sense so it’s a bit humbling to think it might be of use to someone. Which makes me want to be more careful about what I write 😉

      So thank you, Gretchen. For honoring me like that and for making me more aware.

      • You are more than welcome. I think your writing is more useful to others than you think. People don’t always like to respond, but I think if they did, you’d find that you make more of an impact that you realize. Don’t ever stop writing. It’s hitting home with people all the time. I read everything of yours as it comes up in my feed. I don’t comment on everything (you’d probably get a restraining order if I did!), but there have been dozens of times that I’ve thought, “I’m not the only one that feels that way” or “I just thought the same thing the other day because ….”. We read. We absorb. We process. And we will continue to for as long as you keep writing. <3

      • Thank you! That’s good to know. It makes sense, I do the same.

        Do me a favor and let me know if I ever get preachy? 🙂

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