Of acceptance, Simone de Beauvoir has this to say: “It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our lives that we must draw our strength to live and our reasons for living.” To me, this means not only must we be honest about who we are and where we come from, we must also embrace ourselves and our story. In acceptance, we find our inner strength.
On this topic, Anne Wilson Schaef writes:
“What a beautiful expression of the profundity of acceptance of our lives! Sometimes we are so busy rushing around that we do not take the the time simply to accept who we are and what we have. Paradoxically, it is in that full acceptance that our lives then move on.
Our lives do have meaning . . . just as they are. It is our illusions that rob us of meaning, not our reality. When I accept my reality, I claim my strength and reasons for living.”
Our past motivates and shapes us; the decisions we make in the future are based on that which has happened before. While our lives may change, our past never will. By accepting this fact, we are able to move on and live in the present. We can determine the course of our futures. In acceptance, we find strength of mind and willpower. Our past gives us reasons for why we do what we do. It makes us who we are, whether we like it or not. Our past does not, however, define us. When we fight against it and deny our true selves, we lose sense of our purpose, of who we are inside. Instead, when we embrace and learn from it, we become better than we were before. In acceptance, we become more. We become whole.