August 25

Acceptance

Posted by William Berry | Filed under Blog | 2 Comments

There are several reasons I am putting this quote here. First, I think it is a wonderfully insightful quote, and, with all due respect to the Buddha or any other spiritual leader, I don’t think anyone could have said it any better. The quote directly relates to the second noble truth of Buddhism: Desire / Craving is the root of all suffering.

Second, I am currently inundated with work teaching, am waiting for some art work for my most recent blog, and still want to post something at least three times a month. So I apologize if you find this lazy, and I hope to add more original material soon.

The paragraphs that follow are from the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book. It was originally published in 1939. The author of this section was Doctor Paul Ohliger. He has since passed. It is found on page 418 of the most recent (4th) edition of the book, or, as it is more commonly referenced in AA, on page 449 of the third edition. I edited the quote a bit to remove Judeo Christian wording, as I am not promoting that belief system.

And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation-some fact of my life-unacceptable to me, and can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in the world by mistake.
Unless I accept life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world, as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.

Thank you for reading.

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2 Responses to “Acceptance”

  1. Attitude and “Darkness on the Edge of Town” - Blog - William Berry, MS, CAP on January 24th, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    [...] noble truth of Buddhism is desire is the root of all suffering. As I discussed in another post (Acceptance) this is directly related to accepting things as they are. And if you do that, you are happier. The [...]

  2. June, Thoughts for the…. - Blog - William Berry, MS, CAP on June 3rd, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    [...] your desire, being grateful for what you have, and accepting things as they are. There is a powerful quote from the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book that addresses this which I put on this blog some time ago. [...]

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