September 7


Today's quotation:

Contentment. . . comes as the infallible result of great acceptances, great humilities—of not trying to make ourselves this or that (to conform to some dramatized version of ourselves), but of surrendering ourselves to the fullness of life—of letting life flow through us.

David Grayson

Today's Meditation:

It seems to go against the grain of all I've learned in life to "surrender myself."  After all, surrendering implies losing and giving up, doesn't it?  It sounds like a very negative term in this day and age in which we live.  But as I grow older, I learn that the definition that I've learned and accepted for "surrender" isn't necessarily the right one, and that the one that makes the most sense has more to do with acceptance than it has to do with losing anything.

I now try to surrender myself to the flow of life, trying to accept what other people are doing as their contributions to life, and trying not to impose my will on what they're doing or trying to do.  I try to allow myself to be myself and not conform to what I think I should be.  I know that if I can truly accept myself and others exactly as I am and give up my efforts to fit some sort of mold that really isn't me, I can be much more content with the life that I'm living.

I can get much more out of life by going with the flow.  This doesn't mean that I become a passive person who never expresses an opinion or tries to change something that needs changing.  Rather, it means that I become someone who doesn't base my thoughts of self-worth on what I think I should be and whether I'm living up to that artificial standard.  It means that I recognize that I am an important part of the world with a great contribution to make, but so are others.  And I can be more content with my own place in the world when I accept the contributions of others without thinking that I have to fix them or make them better.

Life flows, with or without me.  Do I flow with it and enjoy the ride, or do I fight the current and guarantee my own discontent?

Questions to consider:

How does the idea of "going with the flow" sound to you?

What do we have to give up if we want to flow along with life?

If you're caught in a riptide, the way to survive is by relaxing and not fighting the current.  How does this metaphor illustrate the principals that David Grayson talks about?

For further thought:

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. . . .  To accept is to say yes to life in its entirety.

Paul Tournier

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