believe or come to recognize (an opinion, explanation, etc.) as valid or correct.
Acceptance is a person’s willingness to recognize and accept the reality of a situation, recognizing a process or condition (often a negative or uncomfortable situation) without attempting to change it or protest it.
People can desire what they want…but when you desire something that is mostly out of your control, or refuse to accept the reality of a situation, it can cause more pain than accepting that this is the way it currently is and doesnt necessarily change your reality. Ie: death of a loved one, breakups etc.
Practicing acceptance does not necessarily mean you won’t be able to make a change. You can accept your body and still change it, accept your emotions and acknowledge their impermanence, and accept your behavior one day when you might change it tomorrow.
Also understand, acceptance is acknowledging what’s already happened; approval is consenting to more of it in the future. To accept that a friend has a side to them that causes harm to you doesn’t mean that you’re okay with it or want it to keep happening. It simply means that you’re facing reality as it’s being presented to you so you can make a decision about how to proceed.
Source: @mindbodygreen @psych_today