Acceptance (Part 2)

“Shakespeare said ‘All the worlds a stage, and all the men and women merely players.’ He forgot to mention that I was the chief critic. I was always able to see the flaw in every person, every situation. And I was always glad to point it out, because I knew you wanted perfection, just as I did.”- Acceptance was the Answer pg 417 from the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Acceptance can be difficult when it comes to seeking alcohol addiction help and getting sober, especially because of the feelings of powerlessness that are usually involved. Often times we have an idea or expectations of what our life should look like, how our friends should act, what we “deserve”, what type of job we should have etc. our expectations all come down to people places and things and can greatly affect our ability to accept things as being exactly how they should be in that moment. We rob ourselves of happiness that way because while we may be getting what we need it’s not always what we want. Many alcoholics think we have better plans for ourselves then our higher power but when we step back and let things just happen then we can see exactly how things work out better then we could have ever imagined if we accept life on life’s terms. Many of us don’t know how to do that but through the help of places like a Los Angeles rehab or other California rehab centers there is hope; a light at the end of the tunnel for all of us.

Acceptance (Part 1)

An acceptance is the answer to all 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 suppose to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in god’s will by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life’s terms I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and on my attitudes.

When we first get sober there is potentially a lot of willingness and desperation, but very little acceptance. Most of us are full of fear when we get sober. How are we suppose to accept life on life’s terms sober when the only way we know how to live and cope is through drinking and using? The whole idea of acceptance is a hard thing to grasp when first seeking alcohol addiction help. It is something that we can begin to understand fully and incorporate into our everyday lives the longer we stay sober through the help of places like an addiction program in Los Angeles, AA, or other forms of 12 step program addiction help. Once we learn how to truly accept things we can begin to appreciate the blessings we do have in life. Instead of worrying about what we don’t have or what we have lost we can begin to live in the moment and be grateful for what we do have.