Instead of berating myself or feeling badly for how turtle slow my book has been, I choose to take an optimistic approach. To fully embrace this chaotic season in my life, despite unexpected trials; minor and major.
To not let bumps in the road to keep me down. But to rise back up, brush myself off, and take massive action. To focus on what is good in my life.
It's amazing that when I've changed perspectives on my circumstances and moved into acceptance, it's like the universe lined up with me. A spiritual awakening has opened my eyes to see things in a new light. Gratitude overflows.
Every which way I turn, there's confirmation that I am right where I am meant to be at this very moment. Quotes and articles on the topic of acceptance pop out of nowhere to remind me that all is well with my soul.
And the Lord has used Mother Nature to breath fresh life into me. To speak to me. To reveal His sovereign grace wrapping me tenderly in His infinite love.
Acceptance leads to a brilliant moment of gratitude. To let go of what could have or should have been. Instead, to be thankful for what is my reality.
To be present in the moment with the tears, laughter, pain, and joy. For the trials and the triumphs.
Here is what I am grateful for:
- Despite setbacks, I'm maintaining a positive attitude.
- How God used someone to help me get unstuck.
- When inspiration bursts inside of me and the words smoothly flow.
- Gaining wisdom and motivation along my writing journey.
- Taking a much needed beach vacation to bask in the sunshine.
- Deeper intimacy with God in which He reveals His glory.
- Renewed clarity, energy, wellness, & weight loss. Woot Woot!
- How the Lord uses red cardinals, white doves. & deer to speak to me.
- New opportunities for public speaking to offer healing, health, & hope.
- Professional, personal, & spiritual growth to grow my faith in the dark.
I love this inspiring quote by Shannon L. Alder that says, "You will never accept gratitude as a solution to your problems, until you have reached acceptance."
Moving into acceptance doesn't necessarily mean that we like hardships or that painful things going on around us are alright. Instead, coming to a place of acceptance means being aware of the current circumstances and understanding that the only one we can change is ourselves.
We are worth the time and effort. Authentic change for the better is a choice. We matter. Our lives have value and a beautiful purpose. Gratitude can transform our lives from mundane to extraordinary.
Today, consider realistic ways you can increase your acceptance in your own situation by pondering what you are most grateful for. Instead of struggling with circumstances you may have no control over, count your blessings and dwell on the good in your life.