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The word of the month – Acceptance

It’s hard to believe how quickly February rolled by in my life. And I realized I hadn’t shared my word of the month. Here it is: ACCEPTANCE.

This is understanding that for right here, right now, that’s the way things are in my life. It doesn’t mean that I necessarily accept everything.  No, some things are hard to swallow. Some things are prickly. It’s difficult grasping that I’m not in charge of everything. In fact, control is an illusion. Ah yes! Hard for Type A personalities.

But for now – my world is the best that it can be. Whether it is family, health or writing. It is what it is. One day at a time. I can’t control the past, and I have no idea about the future. But what I have is the present. And that’s the gift. Somewhat of a cliché but I’ll take it.

I’m pleased that I decided to publish independently. I have novels that I’m able to share with others, and dynamic covers that help me feel like an author. Looking back, I’m amazed at my courage, especially considering I didn’t know what I was doing.

I relied on close friends who just happened to be authors. I’m grateful to them every day of the week.

So, for the month of February, I’ve tried to learn how to relax and ease into my life. Lower the bar a bit. I’m not giving up, but making an effort to embrace my own reality.

Are you adept at accepting the curves that life can throw at you?

 

10 Comments

  1. Jodie, that’s wise advice. Reality frequently isn’t exactly the way we’d like it to be, and stressing out over it isn’t productive. If we can move things in a positive direction, that’s great – but the first step, I think, is reaching a certain peace with the reality. Your message resonates with me because I’ve been trying, not always successfully, to do that myself in the early weeks of this new year.

  2. Well, thanks for the compliment. Sometimes there’s a gap between my intellectual understanding and then the doing part. But acceptance is the way to go. So hard to achieve on some days. And it’s good to remember that others are coping with their own personal realities as well. I guess the best thing to remember is to keep trying. Small steps will get us there. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  3. Hi Jodie,
    I enjoyed your post. Thanks for sharing. Wise words from a wise woman, I say.
    My favourite line is, “Control is an illusion.”
    hugs,
    Jo-Ann

  4. Thanks Jo-Ann for stopping by today.
    I’m struggling like most of my friends to make sense of my own reality. And I believe that you and I (as former educators) were used to control. We had to be or our classrooms would be chaos. But now, in the larger world, we are not as effective that is for sure. But we can control how we react to events or people so that’s all wound up in the word ‘acceptance’.

  5. In being zen-like, you accept what and where you are in your journey. There is no rush. Not really.
    My dear old dad’s favourite expression was ‘Smell the roses as you go by!’

  6. Hi Sharron, I’d forgotten about that expression. It’s certainly a reminder to slow down and experience life as it unfolds. And it is why I think I love to have flowers in my home. A visual reminder to be joyful.

  7. Great post, Jodie. I do try to deal with the realities rather than what I wish has happened. My husband, however, is an optimist. He almost never accepts how things are but works to make them better. Surprisingly, he almost always succeeds. So I have to open myself up to the fact that we can change things too.
    Take care, Sylvie

  8. Thanks for stopping by Sylvie. Sounds like you and your husband make a great team. That’s great to live with an optimist.

    The possibility that we are able to change keeps me going as well.

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