~ Eckhart Tolle
consent to receive or undertake (something offered).
believe or come to recognize (a proposition) as valid or correct.
tolerate or submit to (something unpleasant or undesired).
Besides a quote and definition to link in with the word of the day I am not going to tie myself down in any other way in terms of rules of how I do the A - Z Challenge over the next month. This is for myself and I don't need approval from anyone.
Wow - that's a big statement for me! I don't need approval. I am finally learning to accept that I am not on this earth just to make everyone else happy all of the time. I am entitled to put myself first and I will do so when necessary.
Acceptance is a fundamental part of following a mindful path and learning to live in the present. To be accepting you do need to dig deep and just be in the circumstances you find yourself in because let's be realistic, the present isn't always the most comfortable spot to be! But the flip side of that coin is that we won't always be where we are will we? Life changes in the blink of an eye and today's crisis is tomorrow's cocktail poolside.
I haven't always been so accepting of life and I know that has brought me more than my fair share of misery. I also know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I won't always get it right and that there will be times when falling into the victim mode is far more appealing to me than trying to work through the current hurdle. But I now have an internal understanding with myself that I am only extending my misery and that I am also losing moments I will never have back again.
Accept there are people who won't like you, and people you won't like, jobs you cannot or do not want to do, places you do not want to be, situations you never imagined you would have to contend with. On the flip side of that coin accept life will bring you people you will forever be grateful for and never dreamed of meeting, that some jobs are necessary regardless of whether or not it is pleasant, you will find yourself in the most unlikely of places that take your breath away and all situations, good and bad, come to an end.
Life is challenging. It is full of potholes which will trip us up at the most unexpected moments. But the choice is clear; accept staying in the hole or accept that you have it in you to find a way out of it.