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Acceptance


Acceptance means embracing what is, rather than wishing for what is not. When we accept difficult realities, we are able to discover whatever positive feelings and experiences may be possible in that situation. We find ourselves more at peace and able to experience life more deeply. Even so, acceptance must be guided by discernment – learning how to tell the difference between what we can change and what we cannot.

 

Acceptance of our faults and the faults of others helps us to be patient and to avoid hurtful kinds of criticism or judgment. By accepting faults we become more able to trust and celebrate strengths. Paradoxically, acceptance often leads to growth because it creates a safe space for insight and understanding.

 

 

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Life can come at one like a roller coaster ride, navigating the many twists, turns, valleys, and peaks one encounters. One of my favorite lines was spoken by a mild mannered individual named Forrest. “Life was like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” and it is so true. What is most difficult is to understand that whatever situation one is encountering at this moment, it will definitely change. In what direction this change meanders, will depend on one’s ability to navigate, and navigational skills are acquired by living life.

Some of the needs we own as human beings are concepts easily understood, arduous to earn, but well worth the effort. Concepts such as, adventure, belonging& love, expansion, and exchange, are several of the human essentials that I can think of at the moment, though there are many more.

Adventure can be gained with the price of courage, and relished with the completion of the dream. Love and belonging alleviates common internal feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and loneliness, while expansion and exchange walk hand in hand. Expression is the need to be seen, heard, and to be felt, and exchange is to project oneself into the world to validate one’s existence, and to be accepted by those around you. Go far, take chances, and live passionately.

 

Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need – a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing.” J.K.Jerome

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