Fear or Acceptance? It’s Your Choice That Defines Your Way

Hello my fellow human Beings:

Have you ever found yourself waiting for something unknown?

  • the results of medical tests
  • a response to a job application
  • a reaction to the delivery of some news

You don’t know what the answer will be, but your mind wanders through the possibilities, analyzing the options in the waiting time.  Hoping for the best, but fearing the worst, your mood shifts from anxious anticipation to encumbering worry.

What will happen? What will I do then? But if I do that, will this happen? What then?

Your mind spins through the unknown, burdening you with worries, fears and other negative emotions, and your pain and suffering deepen before you even find out the actual answer.

How foolish we are to waste the precious moments of our lives with these negative emotions!

Instead of choosing to fill our wait times with needless fear and worry, we ought to choose to accept the reality of the present moment as it is.

Embrace the uncertainty of the future, but accept and live in the now.

In this moment, what is your problem?

Right now, as you take this breathe and read these words, how are you?

Are you breathing?

YES. Wonderful! You are alive!

Since you are alive, you have a choice to make in your next breathe. Will you choose to accept it or fear it?

I hope you choose to accept it and the uncertainty of the future moments and future breathes.

I’m not being overly optimistic or saying that we should live passively.

I know that poor, unwanted incidents happen in our lives. The medical tests results may come back positive, you may get another rejection notice, or your news may not be well received. Ups and downs are all part of our human lives. We can choose to accept them or not, and take the appropriate action we need to prevent, plan for or deal with the events of our lives.

Whatever our choice is, it will define our way.

Advice columnist Ann Landers wrote:

“If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, ‘I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.’ Then repeat to yourself the most comforting of all words, ‘This too shall pass.’ ”

Remembering that all things are impermanent, the good and bad all arise and pass away, just as winter turns to spring and summer, and summer turns to fall and winter again, our human existences has its ups and downs.

My friends, choose wisely and take appropriate action.

As a hereditary worrier, I need to frequently remind myself of this advice so that I don’t fall into the trap of shackling myself to the bondage of negative emotions and a mindless, endless ego loop thought track on an unproductive route.

So as we each find ourselves waiting for the unknown, take the time to pause, be still and reflect on the reality of this moment. Re-connect with your True Self, which eternally exists as love, peace and joy, regardless of whether our life experiences are positive or negative.

Be confident in the knowledge that ‘this too shall pass’ and live your life from moment to moment more fully and abundantly!

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2 thoughts on “Fear or Acceptance? It’s Your Choice That Defines Your Way

  1. I like this, how we waste time worrying when presence helps us to alleviate anxiety. The song by Kenny Chesney, “I’m Alive” states this very well, it’s worth a listen! Thank you for this great post, Ann

    • Hi Ann. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I listened to the Kenny Chesney song you recommended. It’s a nice one. I especially liked the line “Breathing in and out’s a blessing, can’t you see?” May we all have many more such blessings!

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