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The Tao of Acceptance

an excerpt from the book, UNDERSTANDING TAO and Being Good, by Frank Romans

Accept transience, the inevitable, and the irrevocable.

Transience: the state or fact of lasting only for a short time.

Inevitable: certain to happen; unavoidable.

Irrevocable: not able to be changed, reversed, or recovered; final.

"Happiness can exist only in acceptance." - George Orwell

It sounds simple, just accept things in your life for what they are, and deal with your reality. Fair enough, but it doesn't mean you have to like it or support it. It just is there at this moment in time, and you acknowledge that fact. The neuroscientists tell us when we practice acceptance, we are strengthening our brains.

Just because you have accepted the facts does not mean you can't work at changing them. It is not giving up. You are changing behavior to facilitate an improvement. What exists now is not forever, and it can be modified if that's what you want.

The second realization of Tao: Everything is transient; nothing remains the same. If anything looks solid and permanent, it is only an illusion since everything in the universe is in a constant state of flux - growing and shrinking, living and dying, breathing in and breathing out.

If you stop and think about it, when you refuse to accept something that is already here and happening right now, it seems a bit ridiculous.

"Acceptance of one's life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices." - Paul Tournier

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