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Acceptance…

I think that in a lot of situations, whatever it may be, acceptance is usually the key.  Accepting things, people, situations even lifestyles can often make our lives feel far less uneasy than if we are constantly trying to change things.  Even though the reason we try to change things is often because we think it will be better. Sometimes accepting that actually things are ok just the way they are can have an equally reassuring and humbling effect.

Personally I struggle with the whole acceptance thing,  I am always looking too far ahead.  I am guilty of saying ‘it will be ok when…’ or ‘if this changes everything will fall into place…’.  Sometimes taking stock of where we are now and what we have, can make us realise that actually we aren’t in such a bad place right now.  Things could be a hell of a lot worse.  I spend time reminding myself of what I have: a loving husband, two happy and healthy children and a stable roof over our heads.

So why do I feel like this isn’t always enough?  I wanted to become a stay at home mum and Hubs works long, hard hours so that this is possible.  My mind wonders though and I often think about returning to work, would this give me more purpose?  I know however that this is irrational, I have purpose and I love that I am able to bring up my children full time.  I waver between being so sure that I am on the right track, to thinking that we would all be better off as a family if I went back to work.  This is where I need to accept that what I do for my family is enough.  I need to accept that just because I don’t work, I still have purpose.  I need to accept that my identity as ‘Mum’ is enough and is a vital part of keeping my family happy.

Most of the time I feel extremely lucky to be able to stay at home,  I know this is not for everyone,  and believe me I can totally understand why.  Most of the time I can spend each day appreciating all of the small things.  This is because I do believe that if we take note and appreciate the small things, these make up our bigger picture and make it bright and happy.

So my aim of the day is to learn acceptance.  Accepting our lives for what they are and appreciating all of the small things.  Easy surely?

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44 thoughts on “Acceptance…

  1. I think we are all guilty of this. I know I am. Very often I think ‘if only’ this or ‘if only’ that… I have a quote on the wall on my landing I try to make myself read everyday “Happiness is not having the best of everything but making the best of everything you’ve got…” It’s so true. But we are only human. Lovely post. #TwinklyTuesday

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  2. I think the not accepting and constantly questioning ourselves is a Western thing. When I think of Eastern cultures (not all of them I do realise) the whole gratitude and acceptance thing seems more prevalent. Definitely agree with you on accepting and being happy with what you have. Teach my kids that all the time. #BestAndWorst

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  3. I am guilty of this too, but you are right – we need to accept and be happy with how things are now. It’s difficult as it always seems like the grass is always greener on the other side but I believe accepting things as they are makes for a happier person – fab post x #bloggerclubuk

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  4. Being a stay at home mum is hard and I can certainly relate to a lot of those same feelings – accepting that what you do for your family is enough and accepting your identity as “Mum.” It’s so hard sometimes to accept things for what they are and not wish for them to be different – I know I’m certainly guilty of doing so but I know that life feels so much less stressful when I do let go of the things I can’t change.

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  5. Sometimes it’s hard to turn off those thoughts of “if only…” I’m glad to hear you’re working on being happy in the here and now. I struggle with this too – I do work and I have the opposite feeling “If only I could be home with my kids” I think it happens no matter how hard you try to avoid it. Good luck – and great post! πŸ™‚
    #stayclassymama
    ~Jess

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  6. I think we all feel this way sometimes. The grass is always greener, but it sounds as though you recognise this. I knew I wanted to work, and not stay at home, but sometimes it’s easy to envy those on the other side as there are advantages and disadvantages in both. #StayClassyMama

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  7. Love that quote. I often wonder would my families life be any better if I went back to work or would it make me feel like I had more of a purpose. Although it’s hard sometimes I do feel incredibly lucky to be able to stay at home and look after my son. Very thought provoking post #bestandworst #bloggerclubuk

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  8. Yep we all need a lesson in this. I think being at home with the kids is such a tough job and also just the best. No wonder we’re confused and questioning things. I work a bit at home because I’m lucky enough to have the kind of work experience that allows me to, but that’s a struggle and a half because I’m constantly torn between what needs doing and what my two year old needs and what I want to do with work. Some days are better than others. Accepting that is half the battle too! Great post, thanks for sharing it. #fartglitter

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  9. This could not have come at a better moment. I’m literally sitting here with my 7 month old son sleeping on me regretting that I went back to work so early, I need to accept the decision I made and by happy with it. Although I didn’t get to see him as often as I would if I were a stay at home mum, the moments I do have with him are precious and I make sure to savour every minute of them. I think the grass is always greener so acceptance is key to being happy. I’m so impressed that you are doing this with your own life, I am going to start doing the same. Such a great quote! Thank you for the inspiration and sharing with #StayClassyMama!

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    1. Ah bless you, we do what we feel is right for us and our families though. Like you say the grass is always greener, even when often it’s not as we all have such different circumstances. Thanks so much for reading and for your lovely comment πŸ™‚

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  10. This post really made me think because I’m not great at acceptance but I think I’m getting better at it. I agree that being mindful and trying to live more now than in the future can really help which is something I’ve found easier with age. #fartglitter

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  11. Great message but I think sometimes we need to change things for the better- otherwise how would there be progress? I love the AA chant/prayer about accepting what you can’t change and being strong enough to change what you can . I agree looking for the little happy moments can get you through the day though.
    #fartglitter

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    1. I think that in this case, not in all, that acceptance would bring change in itself. Acceptance is a powerful thing, change doesn’t always have to happen for there to be a positive outcome. Thankyou for you comment and for taking the time to read πŸ™‚

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  12. Acceptance is really hard, and we are all guilty of fwelding that life could be better. I very much think like you that “it will be okay” even when I’m work I think like that, which I probably shouldn’t do. Don’t be hard on yourself it sounds like you are doing fantastic, and are very happy. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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  13. I think if there’s one thing I’ve learnt over these crazy three years of motherhood is that acceptance goes a long way and although I still battle with “accepting” things I do it a lot more now than before and it makes life a lot less stressful. Great post and thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely x

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  14. I think we’re all guilty of the ‘things would be better if….’ thoughts, but in some ways I prefer not to accept many things and aim for what I actually want instead πŸ˜‰ You do need to accept the things you can’t change though, or you’d make yourself so unhappy. Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

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