Acceptance tells me that the problems I have are truly my own.  Acceptance tells me that change is not only possible but it is probable when combined with a desire for growth, and the will to surrender to my Higher Power.  Acceptance is part of the “plan” I have for living a life of recovery.  It means that I no longer hold others responsible for my problems, that I recognize my “part” in my life.  When it comes right down to it there is just me – and God.  Coming to an acceptance of myself as an alcoholic took a long time – the disease of alcoholism has a stronghold called denial.  No, I couldn’t be alcoholic, I didn’t drink daily.  No, I couldn’t be an alcoholic, I didn’t get DUI’s. Denial is the opposite of acceptance – and it kept me out there for many, many years.

I am no longer a failure – through the process of awareness, acceptance and action I have been able to make the needed changes in my life that allow me to live a life of recovery; rather than a life of grief, sadness, and complete demoralization.  Whenever life challenges me today, I try to stop and take a good, hard look at myself.  What actions have I committed that caused me to doubt myself?  What old behaviors have reared their ugly heads?  What is needed to correct this misstep?  Is there something I need to do, is there some action I need to take?  When problems arise it always seems to backtrack to me, my behavior, my actions, my attitude.  Getting into some acceptance of the fact that my problems relate to me – is the first step to change and growth.  The bottom line is my life problems relate to my behaviors in some fashion……….. and acceptance of that- is key.

Photo Courtesy of Rocky

Photo Courtesy of Rocky

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