Acceptance

Acceptance

For after all, the best thing we can do when it is raining is let it rain.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

After a relatively mild winter, during the last few days, we have had several inches of snow. Winters here are generally mild. Whatever snow we get is gone within a few days and the sun is shining again. I grew up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, where it begins snowing in November and the snow continues to pile up until spring arrives. Consequently, I feel guilty when I complain about winter in my current circumstances. Not to say that it stops me from complaining. I just do so with some remorse.

I recently read a mediation about acceptance. That reminded me of a line in a movie about acceptance being key. I racked my brain until I remembered it was from the 2003 movie, As Good as it Gets, with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicolson. Then I heard something on television about the term, acceptance is key, used in Alcoholics Anonymous. I’ve mentioned before in my posts when something comes up over and over I try to pay attention. It has been my experience that what starts as a whisper in my ear can become a slap across my head, if I choose to ignore the message.

Acceptance is not my strong suit. My stance is usually one of defiance. I will fight and fight until I am too exhausted to go on and give up when I have no other options. Not my finest quality, I will admit. Occasionally, it can be useful. Unfortunately, in many cases, it’s not helpful. Introspection comes with age, I believe. As long as we are alive, change is still possible. Not a foregone conclusion, but still possible.

2 responses to “Acceptance”

  1. Your post really resonates with me.
    I agree with introspection increasing with age. I introspect and try to change, accept, not get too worried. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.

    Acceptance in many ways is linked to faith, I think. Faith in someone or something. My grandmother had total faith in her God, and accepted a number of difficulties calmly, with the firm faith that whatever happens is for the good. Me, not so much.

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