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Tolle Tuesday...

Action may be required to change the situation or remove yourself from it. If there is nothing you can do, face what is and say, "Well, right now, this is how it is. I can either accept it, or make myself miserable." The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.

When I read this, I think, "Duh!" But sometimes, in the heat of the moment, it's so hard to do. My emotions get revved up, and I let them crowd out the calm. Yeah, there are going to be miserable moments in our lives -- sometimes moments which feel like they go on for a very long time. But in my life, at least, I've noticed that even in the midst of unhappy circumstances, there is still peace and beauty -- and sometimes even joy -- to be found. But only if I live one moment at a time...

Have you ever found that accepting a challenging situation (which you can't change) has made things better in your heart?



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Mar. 29th, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
I took that on the first day of spring last year :)

And you're so right -- it's 'essential' (great word choice) to inner peace!
Mar. 29th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! Though, as you said, it isn't always easy to remember to do it. I'm forever telling my kids "let it go" when they're faced with something they can't change. Sometimes hubby gets frustrated and I have to ask him, "Have you done all you can do to fix the situation? Is there anything more you can do about it?" Usually the first answer is yes and the second no so I tell him to let it go too.

All we can do is our best every day. Sometimes our daily best runs a marathon and sometimes it's barely crawling across the floor. As long as it's truly our best, that's all we can do. No sense in getting all upset and frustrated over things we can't change. =D

Thanks so much for the reminder! =)
Mar. 29th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
Well, I often blog about things for which I need the reminder -- so I'm glad it helps others too :)
Mar. 29th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking I would probably make Tolle's hair stand on end. It sounds nice in theory, but in reality, I'm more of the Dylan Thomas "Rage, rage against the dying of the light" sort of person.

Alas. (If I accept that fact, does that make me Tolle-ish? :)
Mar. 29th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
LOL -- Yes, I'd have to say that if you can accept that about yourself, it's very Tolle-ish :)
Mar. 29th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
It's a beautiful concept, although difficult to master . . . it does give me hope. It's like worrying. There's nothing that worrying can usually change, but I can't always stop either.
Mar. 29th, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, D and I had a conversation about worrying yesterday. He couldn't figure out how NOT to worry...it's definitely challenging sometimes!
Mar. 30th, 2011 10:21 am (UTC)
Yes, though it takes letting go to get there.
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