March 29th, 2011

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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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