One of the hardest things in life is accepting what is, even if it’s not what you want. Practicing acceptance is kind of like surrendering in that you’re no longer resisting what is in front of you. So many of us spend half our days thinking about the past or the future that we forget to notice the beauty of what’s in front of us right now.
Sure, it’s easier said than done to accept everything just the way it is, but really if you think about it, there is no other logical choice. You can either fight with the present moment or embrace it. The wonderful thing is that every morning we are granted another 24 hours to do things differently next time. So, if yesterday wasn’t so good, you don’t have to live it again. You have the power to make choices so that even if you’re unhappy today, you can make a different choice tomorrow. Perhaps the easiest choice of all is to practice acceptance.
There is only so much a person can control. By surrendering to your circumstances and no longer trying to look away, it’s amazing the gifts that can be found. You might realize that even though things aren’t just the way you want, you can change the way you think about what is in front of you. Instead of seeing yourself as a victim or someone who is waiting for their life to start tomorrow, you can start with what you have right now. This moment is the only one that truly counts, so surrender to it and watch the magic of life unfold.
By practicing acceptance, a couple of things happen:
- You’re no longer practicing judgment, but appreciation of what is around you right now.
- You might start to notice things open up in your world that you didn’t notice before
- You’ll likely feel lighter and more full of energy
- You might start to remember your reasons for making past choices (remember, we live in the residual of yesterday’s choices)
- You will be more grounded in the present moment—and that is where life unfolds.