The truth is the next moment is not guaranteed in this world. We live in a world of uncertainty and try to make it certain. We are actually completely out of control and yet we do our best to feel in control. Life is one big paradox, the co-existence of opposites.
Everyday life hands us experiences and sometimes says to us “how do you like them apples?” What are you going to do when life hands you apples? Are you going to feel like a victim, ask why me, and point the finger? Or will you make apple pie and eat it?
The greatest challenge with being human is to accept things as they are, not as you wish them to be. Anything less than this leads to suffering, sometimes great suffering over many years. My challenge to you is to try it, just for 24 hrs. Accept everything, situation, circumstance and person as it is. Catch yourself when you cannot, breathe and let go. When we give up the constant judgements and bring acceptance to ourselves and our lives, what is left?
“The highest form of human intelligence is to observe yourself without judgement.”
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
In the end, when it’s all said and done, we will want to feel fulfilled, harmonious, happy and full of love. Things don’t do it. Those that have made a lot of money know that money doesn’t do it either. So what does? Fulfillment and happiness are not achieved out there, they can only be achieved in here. In other words, it is an inside job.
In my experience, practicing non-judgment and acceptance is the cornerstone of what matters most. That what matters most is not a destination but a journey that does not end as long as you are alive. That great discipline and commitment to this is required.
Lastly, it is your responsibility and yours alone. Great acceptance supports you in being greatly responsible or able to respond in creative ways to what life throws at you. This to me is all you can do, and in knowing you have done all you can do, you can smile and let go.
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