An unknown author once wrote that absolutely nothing happens in our world by mistake. Understanding this, recognizing it as a simple truth of life, can be an incredibly liberating step on the path to acceptance.
Simply put, acceptance is the ability to give in to the reality of a situation, without attempting to alter it. Typically, the concept of acceptance is associated with something difficult or uncomfortable, whether it is an occurrence external to ourselves, or the most important acceptance of all: self-acceptance.
Whether one is struggling to accept some event that has transpired or an aspect of their personal life, a crucial first step to happiness is embracing life on life’s terms.
Essentially, acceptance means that one cannot resist or struggle, but also, one cannot merely tolerate. Acceptance requires a removal of negativity and resistance. When you truly accept something, you believe it is the appropriate circumstance.
Self-acceptance, for example, emerges when we accept every aspect of our individual selves, unconditionally. This means acknowledging limitations and imperfections as inherent and necessary.