Life has no other discipline
to impose, if we would but
realize it, than to accept life
Everything we shut our eyes to,
everything we run
away from, everything we deny,
denigrate, or despise,
serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty,
painful, evil, can become a source of
beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind.
Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to
recognize it as such.
is one of the most powerful tools that we have in our
lives, yet many of us fight the idea of accepting things
that we don't like until it's impossible for us even to
consider doing so. And we shouldn't be
surprised--after all, most of our role models spend much
of their time trying to change things that they don't
like, teaching us that anything that goes against our
beliefs or ideals is somehow necessarily wrong. And
if it's wrong, we should try to change it or avoid it
people who are able to accept life as it is and other
people as they are, though, live less stressful and more
compassionate lives. They don't spend their time
trying to change others to fit their ideas of how people
should be, so they don't face the frustration of failure
when the other people rebel or reject their efforts.
Once I accept a person or a situation, I can look at it
from a different perspective and learn from it, and grow
myself as a result of learning from something that I might
have rejected in other circumstances.
is here, and life is real. No matter how hard we
try, we can't change it and if we try to do so we'll be
beating our heads against a wall--hurting ourselves a lot
but not making a dent in the wall. The only option
that makes sense, that can keep us sane and in balance, is
to accept life as it is and to work with it as it comes to
us rather than trying to make it turn out as we think it
we accept life, we see its beauty more fully and we
appreciate all that it's given us much more deeply.
What kinds of things do you run away from or deny?
What kinds of beautiful things does life give to you
every day? Do you always recognize them and
How many things that have seemed to be bad in your life
have turned out to be beautiful?
of one's life has nothing to do with resignation;
it does not
mean running away from the struggle. On the
it as it comes. . . .
To accept is to say yes to life in its
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