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I do think of the serenity prayer as well like Ben. It is a struggle for me at times because of my daughter’s severe addiction issues this past year.
I do know that I need to focus on my grateful living and my faith. That is what helps me accept what is but always having lots of hope for her wanting change and a more joyful life.
I can enter a state of flow… true love and universal joy.
When I read the question I was reminded of the following quote –
“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”
~ Serenity Prayer
The peace of acceptance can also bring the possibility of new connections, learning something new, new opportunities to walk wit love in the world.
Well, …. I accept this is but a brief life. And so, will not lend my energy to those things that are not serving my priorities. It is a simultaneous act of turning away and turning towards.
When I accept something as it is I am able to flow, go with it and not fight it. A peacefulness ensues. My view becomes clearer.
When I can see clearly what is, and not
what I wish or assume or hoped or
projected, I can see solutions and I can
feel some contentment. Its the binary
thinking that keeps me stuck.
Peace. Space to think/ponder/breathe deeply.
I need this question today and I loved reading everyone’s responses. I lost my job 6 weeks ago. I’ve had severe eczema for the last 8 weeks. I’m a very active person and the thing that has bothered me the most is that I have not been able to use this unexpected gift of free time (as a result of my job loss) because the eczema is hard to manage on a daily basis. It’s hard to focus on anything with you feel like broken glass is being pressed into your skin or long talons/nails are being dragged over your skin. It occupies my mind 100% and doesn’t allow me to enjoy this gift of free time. I am a positive grateful person and I remind myself that so many others have worse life and health issues but some days I find it hard to stay positive and motivated. Today’s Question hits me because I have to learn to accept that I have no job, I have time, I have eczema that wont allow me to enjoy the time. It is what it is. I have to accept it, find joy and be open to the possibilities that could arise through acceptance. This is not a hill I am going to die on today.
I echo all the support and well wishes expressed here.
Healing prayers to you Journey.
Oh that sounds painful and I understand. My son had eczema even as an infant for many many years. I had to put little mittens on his hands when he was an baby. I used to get oatmeal bath products and oatmeal lotion.
Sending love your way
Dear Journey, I am praying for you. Bless you. 🙏🏻✨❤️
Sending lots of hope, joy and healing prayers your way journey. Your description of the pain makes for a good understanding of how severe eczema’s pain is. May your body respond to healing soon. Blessings to you.
By lowering/not having any expectations one can accept something as it is.
Always try to have the mindset of positivity.
” What is IS” and I can make it a problem or a situation. Acceptance allows it not to be a problem though it may present a challenge. Then the Serenity Prayer (God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can’t change; the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.) comes into play. I’m greeted with the possibility of personal growth and many times the opportunity to help others. Acceptance does not turn me into a doormat. It frees me and helps me trust Life and myself. Paul Cotter’s quote says it well: “It’s not life’s job to make me happy. It’s my job to find the joy in life by observing and appreciating the small wonders and everyday miracles that are all around me, everywhere, every minute of my life.”
I am in awe! I often write my response before I read the others. Today I read the responses and looked at the link OChristina added about the author of today’s word. That story is my husband’s story too. The possibility is that my husband may gain a new perspective. The reality is I am more relaxed by the situation.
Sending abundant love to you and your family.
The first feeling and word that came over me immediately upon reading today’s question was freedom. Freedom to be with what is. That particular freedom for me frees up headspace and heart space to create something different if I choose. Or, to simply rest in the reality of what is and find the graces I may have been missing.
When I accept something as it is, it often opens my eyes up to see other possibilities. This has been my challenge lately, both personally and professionally. When it seems something is not going right or the way that I might have wanted it to, if I can accept that situation and remain open, God always has the answer for me on the other side.
An avalanche of positive and good things opens up when I accept people, places, events, or circumstances just as they are! First Things First—my blood pressure resets! As I’ve grown in this spiritual principle over the years, my “spidey” sense of Grace is clear. God is again doing for me what I can’t do. Happy Friday all! 😉
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