July 6

Today's quotation:

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps
an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.

Artur Rubinstein

Today's Meditation:

We'd have to redefine "success" from the very beginning if we were to accept Artur's vision of what success truly means.  But what's wrong with that?  Most of the people who achieve success as it's defined in most of our cultures end up with problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, ulcers, and even cancer as the price of the "success" that they've pursued for so long.  So who really has succeeded, though--the person who has touched many lives in positive ways, or the person who has made more money or gained more clients for his or her company?  I would say that both have succeeded in achieving certain goals, but I know which person I would rather be on the day I die.

Life, of course, brings us many things on its own terms.   Many of us spend much of our time fighting those things because they don't seem to fit in with what we want to do or to become.  If a person comes into my life who has ideas about how I could do things differently, chances are that I won't accept that person--I'll argue with or ignore him or her.  If I have a certain time of economic uncertainty, I'll fight it as unfair and something that I have to change--but perhaps life has a reason for bringing that person or that situation to my life.

Life is as it is.  We tend to think that we can make it what we want it to be.  Acceptance is a very powerful word, one that can change our lives for the better if we adopt it as a way of life.  Acceptance of my financial situation doesn't mean that I'll just give up and be poor for the rest of my life--but it does mean that I recognize that that is how things are right now, and I'll be more at peace when I recognize and accept that fact.

"Unconditional" acceptance.  That first word makes it even more difficult, but even stronger if we're able to practice it.  Let life be as it is, and sculpt your life within the boundaries that life gives you.  It knows what you need, and if you accept it, all that you need will be yours.

Questions to consider:

Why is most of our acceptance conditional, rather than unconditional?

What kinds of advantages in life can acceptance bring to us?

What's the difference between success achieved in fighting against things and success achieved by accepting things as they are?

For further thought:

Acceptance is a letting-go process.  You let go
of your wishes and demands that life can be
different.  It's a conscious choice.

Gary Emery

  

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