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Simplify My Life Challenge – Accept

Part of simplifying your life is learning how to accept certain things as they are. Acceptance can be challenging for many, especially if we are striving for some sort of ideal or setting our standards higher than necessary, however when we learn to accept, we make peace with certain aspects of our lives.


We are not all brilliant mathematicians or a wiz in the kitchen. Nor are we always patient with our children or partner, early risers or gym junkies. There are certain things we wish were different about ourselves, our situations and those around us, but there are many things we cannot change – personality traits, circumstances, our history.

Despite being unable to change many aspects of our lives, sometimes we dwell on it and allow it to cause us excess stress and tension anyway.

For example, I’m a mother of an active toddler and a baby. Pregnancy and child birth is tough on the body. Along with the joys, I’ve got a few stretch marks here and there, my stomach isn’t as firm and there are other signs that remind me I’ve carried two children to term. I’ve accepted these changes as part of me now. I clearly won’t have a career as a bikini model and I accept that too. There is no point getting embarrassed or worrying that my body isn’t like it was pre-motherhood. I can’t change it.

Accepting things we can’t change is a powerful thing in creating inner calm and minimising our stress. If we have a chronic illness, we need to learn to adapt to manage it. There is no point denying it to ourselves. If we are introverts, we can learn to accept that too and look at ways to make it work for us. Untidy – that’s okay, accept it and find ways to minimise it’s impact on your life by downsizing your stuff. That’s what I’m doing as I know I’m a terrible housewife.

Acceptance isn’t about learning to love these parts of ourselves and our lives. And it doesn’t mean we never have to change them. It simply means making peace with them, either temporarily or long term, to avoid the continual frustration it causes us by dwelling on it.

Make sure you pop back and check out any of the previous Simplify My Life tasks you might have missed.

What is something you need to accept in your life?

Julie Smeltze

Tuesday 22nd of September 2015

Great challenge topic! Yes, we simply must be kinder to ourselves and accept what we can't change and do our best with what we have.


Thursday 24th of September 2015

Summed up perfectly! Sometimes we all need s friendly reminder to do it though :)


Friday 18th of September 2015

This is so good. Acceptance really is such a necessary thing for us to get good at. As well as knowing when to challenge and not accept what we've been dealt. :)


Monday 21st of September 2015

Yes. Some things need us to fight harder but we need to accept what's out of our control.

Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi

Wednesday 16th of September 2015

You are absolutely correct, I definitely need to do this!


Wednesday 16th of September 2015

It can often be harder than it sounds too because we are our own worst enemy most of the time, but such a relief once we can accept and move on.


Tuesday 15th of September 2015

I remember seeing a totally kick-ass psychic back in my tumltuous 20s and she gave me the greatest gift - she told me about the Serenity Prayer, and it has stayed with me ever since. So powerful, and it has stayed with me ever since. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

diane @smartmoneysimplelife

Saturday 3rd of October 2015

Thanks Hugzilla... I needed to see that today. :-)


Wednesday 16th of September 2015

I really love that. I'm not religious but the message is so spot on. It goes the other way too where people accept they cannot achieve certain things when in actual fact, they just haven't tried. Thanks for sharing Mel. That will be the wisdom of the day!