Sunday, November 2, 2008

Acceptance Of What Is

Elections in USA are coming up and it's got me thinking about new beginnings. In my own life, I find myself on the brink of a new chapter - personally, having just broken up with my long distance boyfriend, and at work, I am busy building a new English Essence Of Life site (it will be ready by 2009.) And above all else, a new month and a new season begins. Here in Israel, I am experiencing the first days of Autumn - first rains, socks in the night, and a very cold sea.

Whether we mourn what has gone or get excited about the new to come, I remember that life is constantly and night, birth and death. And I try to remain detached from the highs and lows of life because life's events are like a wave - one moment sadness, the next happiness.

Here's an article from our site that is based around a lovely Jewish story which reminds us not to label experiences as good or bad but simply to accept what is.
And also a Zen story about not reacting to life's events because what may seem like bad luck may actually turn out to be good fortune

So whether the man you vote for becomes president or not, whether you're experiencing the beginning or the end of a relationship and whether you welcome or don't welcome the new season, the best we can do is to accept what is and with a smile. Here's a quote that I would like to share with you:

A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment. but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.

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