Whatever will be, will be. It is what it is. I guess a close saying to these sayings is this one: Accept what is. That, and the “serenity prayer,” about having the serenity to accept the things we cannot change; courage to change the things we can; and wisdom to know the difference. I’d say we need all of these things (serenity, courage, and wisdom) working together in most areas of life. And sometimes, a good dose of patience and even humor, depending on the situation. Continuing to worry and be anxious about things we can’t control really does us no good, and can even be harmful to our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
We are drawing to a close on Karl Moore’s Rules of Happiness; only three remaining. Here are rules #1 to #14, for those who haven’t read them all or for anyone who wants to refer back to them:
Today, here is rule #15.
Rule #15 – Accept What Is
“By accepting, welcoming, embracing what is, you clear all of your emotions.
Your thoughts gain more clarity.
You become happier.
You experience more freedom.
If you can change things, after accepting them,
you’ll have a sharper mind and more energy to do so.
Pointless worrying – there’s nothing you can do about it.
Shrug and smile about it, that’s life.” –Karl Moore
“Happiness is a function of accepting what is.”
– Werner Erhard
This is a tough one. It’s really difficult sometimes to exercise patience, faith, and simply NOT worry! I’ve been through this so many times with interviews for amazing freelance job opportunities, as well as with waiting on personal news (health, family, education progress). On the one hand, I’m hopeful; on the other, I don’t want to get my hopes up. Yet, I want to trust God for His direction and divine favor, and “accept what is” either way!
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you find this rule of “accepting what is” an easy or difficult task?
Have you ever successfully “accepted what is” even if the outcome wasn’t what you had hoped?
My “bliss” – quiltmaking!