If I remember correctly, acceptance is part of the grieving process. That is preceded by several other emotions, including anger, denial, and grief. I think acceptance is considered the last step of grief, but I'm sure that some people cycle through all of those emotions at some time, even after acceptance.
When we first came to China my son was very unhappy. He thought he could return home to our house in California, and resume his normal life. I told him that we are renting our house to other people, so he couldn't live there. He couldn't understand why we didn't just cancel the rental agreement. He was still in the denial stage, mingled with anger and grief. I'm not surprised, because I know that moving is a difficult thing for a teenager, and moving to a foreign country is even harder.
We used to have to listen to daily temper tantrums and rantings by my son. But I think he is finally getting to the acceptance stage, and no longer protests. He still is having a little culture shock, and really doesn't like to leave the house. But he seems more content with his life, and I think he is starting to accept the fact that this is long term.
I can't blame him too much, because these type of situations are difficult even for adults. Maybe if more adults were allowed to rant and rave and throw tempter tantrums, they would find acceptance sooner.
I'm sure that the other consortium members have different views about acceptance. Check it out:
Rummuser, Anu, Ashkok, Gaelikka, Grannymar, , Padmum, Magpie11, andAkanksha,Will Knot, Maria the Silver Fox, Anki, Nema Noor Paul Plain Joe, and Rohit
and The Old Fossil, and our newest member MAXI! and last, but not least SHACKMAN! :)