Acceptance. Blah, blah, blah. I heard that word a lot through my treatment for OCD. Honestly, it really didn't mean all that much to me. I had a very simple (and uninformed) understanding of what acceptance is and so it seemed pretty meaningless. That is, until I actually went through it. I've discovered that acceptance is absolutely crucial to healing and recovery - of any type of difficulty. It doesn't have to be an anxiety disorder.
Most of us will face something painful in our lives. Whether it's the loss of a dream, or a job, our health, or worst of all, someone we love. I've come to believe that learning true acceptance of one's circumstances is the foundation to being able to move on with life. Oh, but it's so hard! It takes time, and effort, like anything worth doing. For me, it is an intentional act, not just something that happens. I had a terrible time accepting the chronic nature of my illness. Now I realize, it just is. I can fight it, but it's a complete waste of my time and energy. I've got too many other important things to do these days!
An online friend of mine recently linked to an excellent article by Frederick Penzel, Ph.D., entitled Acceptance and OCD. It is not an easy read, in that there are some hard truths about the reality of life. But I do believe there is a LOT of wisdom in this article, and following Dr. Penzel's advice can ultimately lead to much freedom from pain.
Even if you do not suffer from OCD, but you struggle with any type of emotional pain, I suggest that you read the article and substitute your issue every time the letters OCD appear. It won't fit perfectly, but I believe there is still enough there to help most everyone. Personally, I plan to print it out and carry it with me.
Here's to real recovery. Yours and mine.