Eating Disorder Recovery Quotes: Acceptance

Understanding is the first step to acceptance,
and only with acceptance can there be recovery.
~Joanne Kathleen Rowling

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.
~Denis Waitley

Accepting does not necessarily mean liking, enjoying, or condoning. I can accept what is—and be determined to evolve from there. It is not acceptance but denial that leaves me stuck.
~Nathaniel Branden

We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.
~Carl Jung

Only by acceptance of the past, can you alter it.
~T.S. Eliot

We must accept life for what it actually is -- a challenge to our quality without which we should never know of what stuff we are made, or grow to our full stature.
~Ida R. Wylie

Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgment of the facts of a situation. Then deciding what you're going to do about it.
~Kathleen Casey Theisen

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
~Albert Einstein

The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs.
~Joan Didion

The greatest success, is successful self acceptance.
~Ben Sweet

The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are.
~Goldie Hawn

Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.
~Jessica Lange

Happiness can exist only in acceptance.
~George Orwell

Accept everything about yourself -- I mean everything, you are you and that is the beginning and the end -- no apologies, no regrets.
~Henry Kissinger

When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.
~Peace Pilgrim

Some people confuse acceptance with apathy, but there's all the difference in the world. Apathy fails to distinguish between what can and what cannot be helped; acceptance makes that distinction. Apathy paralyzes the will-to-action; acceptance frees it by relieving it of impossible burdens.
~Arthur Gordon

Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
~Saint Francis of Assisi

To succeed, it is necessary to accept the world as it is - and rise above it.
~Michael Korda

Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves - regret for the past and fear of the future.
~Fulton Oursler

Acceptance of one's life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices.
~Paul Tournier

Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
~ William James

You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

That is the definition of faith ~ acceptance of that which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove.
~ Dan Brown

One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world, making the most of one's best."
~Harry Emerson Fosdick

Acceptance of others, their looks, their behaviors, their beliefs, bring you an inner peace and tranquility -- instead of anger and resentment.
- Unknown

Failing doesn't make you a failure. Giving up, accepting your failure, refusing to try again does!
~ Richard Exely

The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.
~Nathaniel Branden

If I could define enlightenment briefly I would say it is 'the quiet acceptance of what is'.
~Wayne Dyer

Happiness can exist only in acceptance.
~ Denis De Rougamont

But there isn't any second half of myself waiting to plug in and make me whole. It's there. I'm already whole.
~ Sally Field

You are wholly complete and your success in life will be in direct proportion to your ability to accept this truth about you.
~ Dr. Robert Anthony.

Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.

You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don't win, at least you can be satisfied that you've tried. If you don't accept failure as a possibility, you don't set high goals, and you don't branch out, you don't try-you don't take the risk.
~ Rosalynn Smith Carter

Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance.

Acceptance of one's life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices.
~Dr. Paul Tournier

The fruit of self-understanding is self acceptance. The fruit of self acceptance is self-love.
~Russell Rowe

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
~Dolly Parton

Where you are and what you are right now has to be made right, even if you don’t like it that much. Nevertheless, it is you. By criticizing and negating the current circumstances, what you are saying is that you are not okay. What is around you is only an extension of who you are. Look at those things and realize that they are what they are, imperfect though they may be. By accepting the truth, you propel yourself into better circumstances. By resisting, you live in the constant negativity of your own dissatisfaction.
~Stuart Wilde

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
~Mark Twain

Self acceptance comes from meeting life's challenges vigorously. Don't numb yourself to your trials and difficulties, nor build mental walls to exclude pain from your life. You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory..
~J. Donald Walters

Give love and unconditional acceptance to those you encounter, and notice what happens.
~Wayne Dyer

When you're a beautiful person on the inside, there is nothing in the world that can change that about you. Jealousy is the result of one's lack of self-confidence, self-worth, and self-acceptance. The Lesson: If you can't accept yourself, then certainly no one else will.
~Sasha Azevedo

Always fall in with what you're asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it over your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever's going. Not against: with.
~Robert Frost

Perhaps the most important thing we can undertake toward the reduction of fear is to make it easier for people to accept themselves, to like themselves.
~Bonaro W. Overstreet

My definition of success is total self acceptance. We can obtain all of the material possessions we desire quite easily, however, attempting to change our deepest thoughts and learning to love ourselves is a monumental challenge.

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
~Mark Twain

Self-acceptance comes from meeting life's challenges vigorously. Don't numb yourself to your trials and difficulties, nor build mental walls to exclude pain from your life. You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.
~J. Donald Walters

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Recovery Quote Of The Week: January 30th, 2010

Mistakes are merely steps up the ladder.
Paul J. Meyer

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Eating Disorder Poll: Are You Talking About Your ED?

Are You Talking About Your Eating Disorder?

Are you talking about your ED? Are you keeping it a secret? Are you selective about who you tell?

This poll is closed.

Poll Results:

When it comes to my ED, I ...

(choose all that apply)

speak openly
29 (19%)
am afraid to tell anyone
46 (31%)
want to tell but haven't
30 (20%)
am ready to speak up
23 (15%)
have told friends
77 (52%)
have told family
62 (41%)
have told therapist
62 (41%)
only tell other pro ED
14 (9%)
have told no one
10 (6%)
want recovery
60 (40%)
do not want recovery
44 (29%)
am in recovery
54 (36%)

Votes: 148

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Let's Talk About Eating Disorders: Break The Silence

It's Time To Talk About It what this year's National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is all about.

Secrecy plays a major roll for most with an eating disorder and hinders recovery. Whether you're an ED advocate who openly speaks about your eating disorder, or someone who has never spoken about it before, I'd like to invite you to share your experience on Weighing The Facts.

I'm looking for your stories and poems about your personal experience with EDs.

Topics can be about (but are not limited to):
  • the role secrecy has played in your eating disorder
  • how talking about it has affected your ED and recovery
  • your story
  • your journey
It can be about whatever is most important to you.

If you'd like to participate and be featured here during this year's National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 21st-27th) please email your submissions to
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Recovery Quote Of The Week: January 20th, 2010

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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A Letter To My ED: I See You For What You Are

I would love to call you names, hurl abuse, but I'll keep this clean. (im sweet like that)
Up until a few weeks ago, I thought you had only been in my life on and off.
But you are tricky, you changed forms so many times. The times I thought you were gone, you actually had a bigger hold on me. I was just pretending you weren't there, and I didn't know why I was so miserable, and I hated myself just as much.
But you, have robbed me of so many things. I hate you. My family hates you. My ex-boyfriends hate you. You are poison.
How ever many years ago now, you came to comfort me because I was sad, I thought you were helping. I thought you were teaching me to control my life, to feel better about myself.

That summer was probably the last summer I really loved being intimate with anyone. You took that from me.
When my friends want to go have fun going out, you told me I couldn't. When people told me I was talented, you told me they were lying.
When I walked into a room, you told me everyone thought I was disgusting.
When I see other girls, you told me they see me as masculine and different.
When people organise events and fun activities.. you think of excuses to get out of them.
You are the first voice I hear in the morning, and the last voice I hear at night. And I am so sick of the sound of you.
You have affected every avenue of my life and you own all of my mental real estate.
Well guess what?
I see you now.
I see you for what you are, and I am going to get rid of you. In fact I have already started. It is my main goal in life, I really don't think you stand a chance.
And I am going to tell people about you.
And I am going to get help to do get rid of you.
As much as I hate you, when I am better I'll move on from that hate, I wont be bitter, because you don't even deserve that much energy. Instead I will be happy!
And when you are gone I am going to nourish my body, and love my soul, and go out with friends, and walk around with my head held high. Every morning when I wake up I am going to be grateful that you are gone. Every night I am going to sleep sweetly knowing that you have been beaten!
And I am going to try and help other people know exactly what you are, and I want to prevent people from befriending you, and I want to make sure when I have children they never even hear you speak.
I'll be free!
Fuck yeah!

Written by: Lou Lou
Lou Lou says on her blog, Boost Forward, "I am on a path to becoming a woman enjoying wellness and I have a lot of hope."

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Recovery Quote Of The Week: January 9th, 2010

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. ~Buddha

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Recovery Video: Reflections On Anorexia

Video by Holdingon
Holdingon has amazing recovery videos.
Be sure to check them out: Holdingon's youtube channel.

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Our Bodies
Self Worth

*Note to Anonymous ... Thank you for the comment you sent. The original video posted that you were referring to was no longer linked and I was not aware of the change. It has been removed. I appreciate you bringing it to my attention. Thanks again!