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Friday, January 7, 2011

ACCEPTANCE

SNOWED IN IN NC!

It was a beautiful snow--for about 3 days. Unfortunately, we were unable to get out for 5 days. Except on foot to the neighbors, and walking about in the snow.

We had plenty of food, so no complaints there. Our power went out Christmas afternoon, and we were not able to cook our Christmas dinner. We did have a camping heater and a propane lamp. Hot dogs were cooked on the grill and served with a green salad. That was topped off with pumpkin pie!

The electric came on in the night, and we had lovely hot showers in the morning! I have to say you really appreciate things like running water and heat when you don't have it!

Acceptance is one of the toughest things I struggle with. Being a control person, I tend to want things thus and so--rarely does life go this way, however! Being snowed in, without a way to get out on the roadways, leaves one with accepting that you cannot go out. Obviously, the only thing to do was adjust my attitude and enjoy it!

Below is a passage that mirrors the Serenity Prayer that is used in recovery. I have it posted inside a bathroom cabinet with other inspirational sayings and quotes.

Happy New Year! May we all have a bountiful year in our lives and in our hearts!

Peace,

Joan


Acceptance

Is the answer to all of my problems today.
When I am disturbed, 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. I need to concentrate on what needs
to be changed in me and in my attitudes.

CAU


4 comments:

  1. Happy New year Joan Ellen. The photo is beautiful, your message inspiring.

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  2. Thank you Nancy!
    Happy New Year to you!

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  3. Joan Ellen,
    I like this poem very much about acceptance.
    Your snow photo is beautiful. I know how you feel regarding the snow. It was lovely, but I did not enjoy being snowbound. I'm sure glad your electricity came back on and glad you had plenty of food. It's great to see the ground again and the sunshine.

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  4. Joan, you are like many of us. Acceptance is the way to calmness and tranquility. I have always bucked the system, no matter whose system, and it wears me out.
    I will post your poem in my bathroom and read it each day in hopes it will help me with accepting things as this is what was meant to be.
    Love the snow photo. I think we had more moments for beautiful photographs this year.

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