Acceptance

How do we best deal with things in our daily life that are beyound our control?

Sometimes it can feel like everything is working against us and there is little we can do to stop it. In these moments it is important to remember that while there may be a lot of factors in our daily lives that are beyond our control, we still can choose how to act. Practicing acceptance and patience is still within our reach. Now that is all well and dandy, but how does that help me fix my car or explain to my boss why I am late again?

Acceptance and patience are not just virtuous words, but often the most helpful response to the things we can’t control - like our car breaking down. There is more to this mindset than making lemonade out of lemons while singing “Hakuna Matata”. Adopting this way of thinking does not mean you should give up and tolerate unreasonably difficult obstacles. It also doesn’t mean you should try to like the stressful situation you are in.

Instead, the benefit of this approach simply lies in acknowledging whatever is going on at that very moment. This simple trick can help us let go of resistance that contributes to the stress we are feeling and make us more resourceful when dealing with demanding tasks.

Ironically enough, a great way to regain more control and empowerment in our lives is by acknowledging what we are not able to control.

If you want an expanded overview of how this approach work, try the tool: Acceptance

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