Creating the perfect life is no simple task. For most of us, it’s never enough. We will always be looking for that next step or the next best thing to come along. While I’ve often fell victim to a similar train of thought, I’ve recently begun to accept life on life’s terms. I’ve strayed from my typical “Type A” personality and learned to smell the roses. Looking back on the past year of my life, I’ve had a variety of ups and downs. With the utmost honesty I can say I’m not alone. But how do you deal?
I used to stress, I used to plan, I used to worry. I had my reasons. It’s normal to try and control the situation. . . .but have you ever considered just having a little faith? Today I plan, but not the outcome. Today I stress, but on a 30 second clock. Once those 30 seconds are up, I move on. If I spent the entire day stuck on one thing, I would completely forget to enjoy the DAY. I used to worry. Not anymore. Things always work out if we just do the next right thing. I can’t control the world today, but I can control me and for what it’s worth, that’s enough.
While this sounds incredibly simple, it’s the act of truly accepting things, people, and places just the way they are that’s truly a trial. The line at the local market, the old lady in the parking lot that can’t pull out fast enough (insert sarcasm here), the dirty dishes in the sink. It’s all waiting to steal away your afternoon. One wrong moment and your entire day could be ruined. Am I right? Well listen up, your only answer is acceptance:
Acceptance in human psychology is a person’s assent to the reality of a situation, recognizing a process or condition (often a negative or uncomfortable situation) without attempting to change it, protest or exit. The concept is close in meaning to ‘acquiescence’, derived from the Latin ‘acquiēscere’ (to find rest in).
Finding Rest. THAT is the key. It’s all about accepting life on life’s terms instead of trying to fight the world all the time. Things happen for a reason. I’ve found a lot of serenity in knowing that I don’t have to have all the answers. I can count my blessings and sleep sound. Life is good today.