When I think about acceptance, I am reminded of what Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, “For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.

Sometimes when bad things happen, we must accept that a situation “is what it is.” We can’t change what has happened or is happening in the moment. We can only change how we respond to it and take action of what we can control so that it doesn’t happen again in the future.

None of us has power to stop the rain from falling. We have power to come in out of the rain, put up the umbrella or move to the desert.

I was moved when I saw people being sheltered during Hurricane Harvey stand up and sing. And who will forget that photo of the seniors in the care center sitting in water as one woman continued to knit. Thankfully they were all safely rescued.

We have the power to stop grumbling about the rain. We can knit and sing.

Your Hypnosis Health Info Hypnotic Suggestion for today:

I accept what is and I move on from here creating my future greater than my past.

Law of least effort

Law 4 of Deepak’s Chopra’s The 7 Laws of Spiritual Success, is the Law of Least Effort: “Accept people, situations, and events as they occur. Take responsibility for your situation and for all events seen as problems. Relinquish the need to defend your point of view.”

When you fight and resist what is happening, you are generating a lot of turbulence in your mind. A negative mindset can be defeatist. If you view life events through the positive lens of the Greatest Expression of You, you accept events as they occur and as they are.

When you are being the Greatest Expression of You, you are able to view every problem is an opportunity in disguise, and this attentiveness to opportunities allows you to take this moment and transform it into a greater benefit.

Being responsible isn’t about finding fault or blame. It is about how you respond and about taking action to create your future to be greater than your past.


Acceptance has been referred to as the first law of personal growth. Acceptance is crucial for happiness, contentment, health and growth.

If you refuse to accept something, you may feel frustration, pain, anxiety and disease. Acceptance is allowing life to do what it is doing and grow with it.

If you don’t like the course that you are on, then change directions.

Acceptance does not mean that you have to like something, be happy about it or condone it. Again, acceptance is acknowledging it is what it is. It is what is happening. It is what’s going on.

Acceptance is realizing that to do other than accept is (a) painful and (b) futile. With non-acceptance you try to control the world. You want the “should,” “musts,” and demands to somehow rule the world.

Be present with what life brings

Acceptance is not denial or elimination of difficult feelings. Acceptance is also not resignation and tolerance. Acceptance is to be present with what life brings us and to “move toward valued behavior.”

Acceptance is flexibility so that you can cope with what life brings. Acceptance is the demonstration of resilience allowing you to adapt well in the face of adversity.

If you want to change something, one of the best starting points is acceptance. You may have to even start with accepting your lack of acceptance.

Michelangelo carved David from a flawed block of marble. It had a deep gash in its side and had been deemed unacceptable to sculptors for decades.

From this flawed rock, Michelangelo created David. He began with acceptance and moved on from there.

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