“There are things which are within our power and those which are inevitably out of our control.”
It seems that we often talk about the human condition as though it were something we only ought to bear. We sometimes forget that we can transform the situation and free ourselves from the burden. This can be achieved through the power of acceptance.
It isn’t to make light of the sufferings that people go through, but rather that of lightening the situation and making it better. This can be done by being more accepting of yourself, your emotions, your current state, and the world around you.
Everyone needs to feel accepted, and yet the self-love begins from within. One of the worst feelings in life is to feel like you have been a disappointment to yourself and others. Thus, it is important to start believing in yourself and accepting your own imperfections – limitations, weaknesses, shortcomings, and all.
It is the notion of being acceptable, though, that interferes because there are expectations that must be met. Thus, there is a pressure to perform, or else displease the other person and fall short of the expectation.
As human beings, we can be more understanding of each other’s failures and limitations. However, it does not necessarily follow that we accept any type of behavior that would demean ourselves or others. Instead, the situation may call for a more appropriate action – a better way of doing things – that would bring happiness and harmony in our relationships.
It helps to accept that some of our situations in life can, indeed, be very challenging. There are things which are within our power and those which are inevitably out of our control. Still, we can exercise control over our own emotions and reactions to these, right?
Ultimately, the key to acceptance is acknowledgment. Our lives get so much better when we acknowledge both the similarities that unite us and the unique traits that set us apart.