By Joanne Klassen
Pain is only one face of reality … We may not like reality, but having accepted it we can begin with love and patience, to transform it … by saying,
“OK that’s the way things are, the way people are— now let’s see what we can do…”
(Eddie Askew, Disguises of Love)
Dreamers like me sometimes find it hard to come down to earth and face difficult realities rather than float on a cloud of comfort and possibilities. Unpleasant aspects of life can be avoided for only so long. Leaks need to be fixed, clutter managed, conflicts resolved. Acceptance, we are told, is the key on the key ring of choices for moving ahead in these moments.
For example, family members, friends, or doctors can be habitually late. With love and patience can I accept this reality, and then look at what I can do to be comfortable rather than irritable? If I anticipate, rather than judge this reality, I can have a book, magazine, or journal on hand to enjoy moments of unscheduled solitude.
What about facing realities in myself that I would rather avoid? I think of the number on the bathroom scale. Acceptance is the key to help me see the things I can do to move forward beyond my own weighty issues, with patience and love.
I open my eyes and heart to see and accept what is. Patience and love lead to freedom and transformation.
© Joanne Klassen 2016
Accept was originally published in “Creative Journey Five Minute Meditations for Transformation” Published by Heartspace Writing School.
Biography – Joanne Klassen
Author and Heartspace founder, Joanne began facilitating personal development programs in 1975. Her career and life changed in 1998 when she received a vision for Transformative Life WritingTM which is now offered to teens, adults and seniors around the world. Joanne’s ideal day includes writing, singing to a baby, visiting thrift shops and walking along the river with her husband Ted in Winnipeg, Canada.