Acceptance is what is in our control. It can be the attitude with which we deal with unwanted situations that we cannot control or change. Answer the following questions to explore the concept of acceptance, as well as to find new ways with language.
When you think about your pain, how do you describe to others how it is affecting your life? Which key words really tell your story?
How does this description make you feel? What emotions result from your telling others of your pain?
If the previous words you came up with produced negative feelings, come up with other words. Think of a word or name that might make you laugh or feel less negative. Try if it is possible to find a name that makes you smile.
What would it be like not to fight with your situation?
What part of your situation could you start to accept? Could you care for your pain like you might care for an injured friend? Could you look upon your pain like you look at the photo of a heroic person whom you admire?
How might an attitude of acceptance change how you feel? How would it change the story you would use to describe your pain? Write that new story below, even if you do not entirely believe it. Just see how it would look like.
What advice would your wise nurturing self give you about learning to accept?