Questioning Acceptance

Q .. In your Big Book story, you say that acceptance is the key to everything. I wonder if you’ve ever had a problem accepting what life hands you.

Dr. Paul .. I think today that my job really is to enjoy life whether I like it or not. I don’t like everything I have to accept. In fact, if everything was to my specifications and desires there would be no problem with acceptance. It’s accepting things I don’t like that is difficult. It’s accepting when I’m not getting my own way. Yes, I find it very difficult at times.” – Interview with Dr.Paul O – Grapevine

I have a wonderful copy of his “Acceptance is the Answer” excerpt from his story in the BB hanging on my wall at home. I suggest that everyone not only memorize it, as I have, but try to live by it daily. Doing so has profoundly changed my life, and his answer to the question above is right on target with my perception of acceptance. Baking in the 102° sun of Palm Springs and LML! – James

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