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Updated on March 3, 2011

There is a simple answer

To all my cares today,

When people, places, things or

Situations don't go my way.

It's so simple yet so difficult,

I seldom try it first.

It stays the final option

Till, with pain, my heart would burst.

When all my best laid efforts

Lay crying in the dust,

It is the final option

I try, only when I must.

When control and manipulation

And temper tantrums fail,

Acceptance is the only way

My heart will cease to ail.

Sometimes through acceptance,

The tables seem to turn;

More often, through surrender

There are lessons I need learn.

This I must remember, as

I trod my path today...

Absolutely nothing comes

That God's not sent my way.

Approval's not a mandate

To "acceptance" then, embrace.

I only need surrender

To trust the Master's Grace.

Acceptance is the Golden Key.

Serenity the door.

Oh, that I might sooner choose

To trust His Will much more.

"Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved."


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    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Fossillady, I send my deepest condolences to you...especially this time of year is difficult...I lost a dear friend several weeks ago after a lengthy battle with cancer, and her surviving children are in deep pain right now, trying to make sense and make peace with her passing. My heart and my prayers go out to them and you, during this time! Hugs to you!

    • Fossillady profile image


      7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      You truly do have a tender heart and a lovely talent. I'm holding the message of your poem very close to me as I am struggling to accept my husband's passing a year ago. It has led me to try harder to know who God is and know his will. I will read your poem over and over!

    • De-lovely profile image


      7 years ago

      Thank you for your comment..

      This poem is very beautiful - reminds me of Lord Byron's style of writing. Great job.

      Thanks for sharing this!

      love, -Ann

    • heavym46 profile image


      7 years ago

      Strong message..beautiful poem...fantastic job!!

    • epigramman profile image


      7 years ago

      ....well I must come back to this hub and say that I certainly have faith in you - you write beautifully!!!

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      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago

      Lovely poem. Well done.

    • Jamie Brock profile image

      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Love this and so SO true!

    • nighthag profile image

      K.A.E Grove 

      8 years ago from Australia

      A beautiful poem with a beautiful message

    • epigramman profile image


      8 years ago

      peace and contentment and calm and serenity and bliss and comfort - words that come to mind when I visit your hubs ......

    • Putz Ballard profile image

      Putz Ballard 

      8 years ago

      A wonderful hub and thought, you are so gifted, keep hubbing!

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      Miss Take 

      8 years ago

      acceptance is not always easy, but often beneficial.... great hub

    • Elyse Eaton profile image

      Elyse Eaton 

      8 years ago

      We could all learn this lesson a little better! Enjoyed this poem. Thanks.

    • Betty Reid profile image

      Betty Reid 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Nice. I can definitely use this approach today and tonight. Thanks.

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Humble thanks, everyone.The lessons I need to learn often flow through my pen on to paper...messages for me to learn, apply, and share. It is a privilege.

    • s0126phoenix profile image


      8 years ago

      Good work. I will def. be reading more.

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      8 years ago

      some thoughtful expressions in this verse

    • Karen Russell profile image

      Karen Russell 

      8 years ago


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      Carolyn Blacknall 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Beautiful work! Very serene and calming words. This poem lifts my day! Thanks for writing this. – Carol

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Many thanks, fenzero, Peacenhim, and AM Werner! I truly try to embrace acceptance, and trust in the knowledge that God has my best interest at heart. Sure makes life less of a struggle!

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      Allen Werner 

      8 years ago from West Allis

      Amen tnderhrt23 - Thy will be done.

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      8 years ago

      Amen!! Beautiful words of wisdom. When we succumb to His will, not ours, do we then find true peace. In His Love. Thanks!!

    • fenzero profile image


      8 years ago from Arizona

      I love the messages that come along with your poems. There's so much feeling in these and it's so true. We can fight these things all we want, but the second we put our weapons away and let our hands relax, everything always seems to fall into place.


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