As a therapist I do a lot of study in different methods that help people progress through their difficulties. One concept I have noticed regularly in my study of 12 step literature is the concept of accepting reality. I’ve seen this concept elsewhere, and while I have a million thoughts that I’ll have to share another time, I would like to share 3 of my favorite quotes on the subject. One of these is a quote from a book I read, one is a 12-step quote, and one is from a religious source (so take what you like and leave the rest). I always enjoy when I can pull truth on the same topic from several different arenas and see what they each contribute to a deeper personal understanding. What understanding do you find through these quotes?
“When I argue with reality I lose, but only 100% of the time.” –Byron Katie.
“Acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am distrubed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation–some fact of my life–unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake…unless I accept life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy.”–AA Big Book
“To recognize the hand of the Lord in your life and to accept His will without complaint is a beginning. That decision does not immediately eliminate the struggles that will come for your growth. But I witness that it is the best way there is for you to find strength and understanding. It will free you from the dead ends of your own reasoning. It will allow your life to become a productive, meaningful experienc, when otherwise you may not know how to go on.”–Richard G. Scott, October General Conference, 1995