I had a really, really difficult day at work today. Something pretty awful happened.
And yet, something else happened today that was very positive, even extraordinary. Basically, I got through the horrible thing at work knowing that as horrible as it was, I was going to be okay. And I knew that I would be okay mostly because of today's reading from Anne Wilson Schaef's book Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much. I read it before I went to work, knowing what was likely to happen at work today, and I kept thinking about it as the day unfolded. Here it is:
How wonderful that we not only have the opportunity to live our lives, we have the opportunity to accept them! We have spent so much time and energy foolishly fighting things that we cannot change and butting our heads up against steel-reinforced brick walls that we have not stopped to ask ourselves if this is the hill we want to die on.
Part of learning to live our lives is developing the ability to accept what cannot be changed and learn to live creatively with those situations. Also, we need to discover what can be challenged and to move forward with courage when necessary. Acceptance is not resignation. Acceptance is serenity embracing life.
I was laid off today. But I am going to be okay.