Happiness & Acceptance
Happiness can only exist in acceptance ~ George Orwell
“Acceptance is a beautiful thing, but it’s also something that I’ve struggled to master. Acceptance, the opposite of resistance, is simply allowing things to be as they are, and acknowledging internally that they are what they are. Nothing more, nothing less.” This is a quote I took from a blog post on happiness. I feel this concept is of major importance to all of us, which is why when I started this endeavor I named the church, the Church of Abnormal Acceptance and the ministry the Ministry of Happiness, I really feel the two are ultimately intertwined.
Acceptance is essential to personal happiness, in order to be happy you have to accept yourself. This for many people is not an easy thing. The very concept of looking into the mirror and saying hey I’m ok, or even better, hey I’m great, is not something that a lot of us can do and believe. But it is imperative that you get to that point in order to be happy.
Very simply what these means is that you need to accept yourself as you are right at this moment. Yes, you have faults, none of us are perfect and accepting your faults is part of the process. Accepting your faults is not the same as condoning your faults. Acceptance is the first step to improvement and change. We’ve talked before about the importance feeling safe and the safest you will ever feel is when you’ve accepted yourself and realized you’re a good person. One who can get better, but is good none-the-less.
So let’s start this week with a simple exercise, before you go to bed tonight, and when you get up in the morning look at yourself in the mirror and say these words, “I’m ok, and I will get better.” In the beginning you may not even believe it, but do it for 21 days, that’s all it takes to form a new habit, and let’s see how you feel after three weeks. You are ok my friends, and so much more than that, have a happy day ~ Rev Kane