By Danny W. Pettry II, M.Ed., M.S., LPC, NCC, CTRS-BHS
The Truth: We can’t control a lot of things that happen in our lives.
We have no power over:
- Our aging bodies
- Natural disasters
- Dumped, divorced
- Changes in technology
- The past choices we made
- Rather someone likes us or not
- If other people are rude and mean to us
- If our favorite coffee shop goes out of business
- Who the majority of people vote for and elect to office
- Rather a person will go on a date or decide not to go on a date
- If a person decides to hang up the phone on us or block us on social media.
Fighting the reality of the situation causes additional pain and suffering.
Radical acceptance is a term used to acknowledge the reality of a situation.
It is what it is.
- There is no more denial.
- We might not like or enjoy it.
- However, we embrace that it’s real.
- Fighting reality causes unneeded pain and suffering.
Doing it the radical acceptance way: It’s raining. Yes. It is raining.
Danny Pettry disclosure: For the record. I often enjoy rainy days. I love to hear rain while sleeping. I enjoy sitting on the porch, drinking coffee and listening to the rain. I love the smell of the rain. Of course – I wouldn’t’ want rain all the time.
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