accept what is

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The start of a fresh week! This weekend was filled with a great deal of relaxing after last week’s hustling. I’ve learned a very important lesson: don’t attempt to find a new apartment, sign a lease, take a one day vacation, work two full days at a sidewalk sale, work a Saturday event, train for a marathon, and have an online sidewalk sale in seven days. (PS- Today is the last day of the online sidewalk sale!)

All of this activity left me with difficulty sleeping, some chest pains, and an overwhelming sense of gratitude.


Needless to say, what I needed after that kind of week was something grounding. Something peaceful. It came in the form of a Zen Habit post.

A passage from “Accept What Is – Don’t Judge as Good or Bad” seemed to jump off the screen. Though the majority of the article speaks about withholding “good” or “bad” judgments, the suggestion that we can “change things not because you can’t accept things as they are, but because you enjoy the process of change, of learning and growing” hit home.

Since my blog is called Makeunder My Life, its pretty obvious that I have a tendency to reflect and design my life (big time). Being self-employed also demonstrates this inclination. But at times I think I might take it too seriously, too ideally. And that simple phrase about enjoying the process of change can help my motivation become less demanding and more playful.

Anyone else find this idea a breath of fresh air?

[PS- Happy birthday Mom, Carol Beth, Gertie, and Mackenzie!]

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  1. Brenda

    I enjoyed that article too. Mainly the concept of letting go. I find the simple act of letting go helps with stepping back and getting perspective. It helps with focus too.

  2. Jess

    @ Brenda: I agree. I am really good at doing that with ‘stuff’ but can still work on that with other personal intentions.

  3. I think having children for me has shown me how to let go and to realize that we can only begin step by step. It is like having homework and pacing one’s self. I do alot of up front work, so I can accept what is and relax knowing I can only do my best.
    You always seem to have things under control, but chest pains, nah, that is not good!

  4. Jess

    @ PVE: Thanks! I know, chest pains aren’t a good sign. They don’t happen often, but when I’m under a lot of pressure, they do tend to pop up.

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