January 8

ACCEPTANCE MONTH: DAY 8: “Reality may not be what you want it to be, but it is the reality you now must face. You can deny this reality and try to wish it away, or you can accept it and not waste any energy on wanting it to be different.”― David W. Earle

We are living through a great time to learn about acceptance. A great time! And seeing so many examples of what it looks like when people are not practicing acceptance. I love it! And have so much fun with the idea in the current cultural disruptions we get to see. Many of them are quite unusual for us to observe, those of us who have been around for a bit.

The important thing is not to get caught up in the world and its adventures and misadventures. They are not ours to take on. We are not here to pick up our swords and go do battle with life or its events. That is what acceptance is all about. It is like arguing about the weather. Everything will change. And what, really, is our business with any of it? Nothing.

Almost all of what we are undergoing today is an experience with seeing where we are as individuals and as a social structure. I see a lot of tumbling of old ideas and these will make space for new ones. It is time, or it would not be happening. I believe this. I accept this. It is not my job to have an opinion about it. Just observe with detachment. What a great practice!

There are folks out there who risk their lives to fight for or against these things. Not sure why. It won’t help. It never does. I have had my battles, to be sure. Thank goodness for wisdom of aging and learning my lessons. I know what belongs to me and what does not.

Way too much drama for me. I will work peacefully in my garden. That is where I do my part to heal the Earth mother. By cleaning up and making this patch of Earth sustainable and productive and habitable for all the creatures who live around me. Somehow they know. They come around and let me know they have come to visit. That is my reality today. It is sunny, but it can change in a second on the coast…one good wind and it will rain in 5 minutes. No time left to waste. So glad.

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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