Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Ten on Tuesday
The key to my serenity is acceptance. But "acceptance" does not mean that I have to like it, condone it, or even ignore it. What it does mean is I am powerless to do anything about it... and I have to accept that fact. (Alcoholics Anonymous, "The Big Book", page 449)
6. Because of acceptance, today, I feel totally at peace in my own skin, something that used to make my skin crawl. I wanted you to like me, so I tried to be what I thought you liked. I wanted to be accepted by whatever group I was with so I put on a different mask, trying to fit in. Let me tell you that this is an exhausting way to live. It may sound like high school drama, but it's hard to feel like you don't have a place, even as an adult. It was hard because I wasn't my true self. I can honestly say I am happy with who I am right now. That doesn't mean I'm not trying to grow as a person (currently working on being gentle and not harsh in my words with others) but I am comfortable who I am. I don't want to look, talk, or think like anybody else. There is such freedom in acceptance.
7. I really enjoyed these two articles:
*When you hit a tree, get back in the car-God Centered Mom
*How To Be a Good Mom On a Bad Day-Inspired to Action
Sometimes you need to forgive yourself and sometimes you need to plan for the worst.
8. Like I said before, life would be easy if it weren't for relationships. Reminding myself this week that parenting is a process and that God uses their relationships to help mold them. Some people are learning not to be so bossy and some people are learning to include a younger sibling that just wants to be like his big brother.