Here in the United States, we are officially in holiday season. We just had Thanksgiving and Christmas is a few weeks away. I love the festive nature of this time of year. I have always loved driving at night and seeing Christmas lights decorating people’s homes. There is hope held in those lights. Hope that things can change.
Are there also stresses? Absolutely! But many of those stresses appear because we’re trying to be someone we’re not. We’re trying to buy more than we can afford. We’re visiting with family and friends that have differing opinions. We want people to think the same way we do. But that isn’t possible. The people in our lives don’t have our life experiences. Therefore, they can’t see things the same way. These stresses in our lives can become a little easier if we accept things for how they are.
Don’t get me wrong there is always hope in life, but there so many times that we wish someone else was different. The problem is that we can’t change other people we can only change ourselves.
There have been more times than I can count that I wanted someone or something to be different. I wanted the situation to magically change without having to do things differently. I’m sure you’ve been there. My life began to shift when I started to change me. The biggest thing that I had to do was accept me as I am. I spent most of my life comparing myself to other people. I didn’t look like they did. I acted differently than they did. I wasn’t in the same place in my life.
I spent so long focusing on how I was different not realizing those differences made me who I am. I had to accept myself as the unique person I am. Those differences made me special and eventually started me on to a new path. There’s a flip side as well. I had to accept others as they were and not who I thought they should be. I could either ask why someone didn’t like me or ask why does it bother me that they don’t? I had to accept that their opinions were as valid as my own.
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