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Christine Sherborne

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Accepting People and Circumstances

Acceptance

Accepting People and Circumstances

Accepting ‘what is’ can prevent frustration and unhappiness if you haven’t the power to change your circumstances. For example you’re stuck with your relatives even if they fail to live up to your expectations. You may have an illness to endure for a time, or a work colleague you find difficult to cope with. Railing against conditions you can’t change is a waste to time and energy.

Obviously, you do the best you can to avoid certain people, try new drug treatments or change occupations, but often you can’t immediately or even ever. By accepting whatever is happening in the moment you can avoid further hurt, upset and frustration. Meantime you can choose to go with the flow.

People are who they are, you haven’t the power to change them, they can only choose change whether you like it or not. Have you the power to change the weather, the government’s decisions, even your own actions seem automatic at times don’t they?

Each day the unexpected turns up, and you feeling like screaming! For example this past week I have had the Internet line broken to the house. No telephone, Internet or television, resulting in hours of phone calls to try to get the problem fixed. Meanwhile I have read many books from my library and had some relaxing downtime off the never-ending round of social media. The choice wasn’t easy, but I did what I could then accepted the situation and made the best use of my time.

Struggling against the unchangeable is futile, a waste of time and energy. If you are facing difficult circumstances then I urge you choose acceptance. You will be happier than the alternative waves of anger and frustration.

‘There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.’  James Russell Lowell

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