To accept the things I cannot change
The courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference.
At the time of writing, auspicious winds are blowing for humanity, the children of the stars, the children of Divinity, children of Universal Love. A friend of mine recently quoted, “they say that bad things all happen at the same time. Now I know that so do good things.”
Bolstered by the creative energy that is present, many of my goals for change are coming back into view. And yet I can’t but help continue to reflect on my assertions and observations about people – that most often the solutions to problems are none other than the seeds for the problems of tomorrow.
Is it really enough to have the courage to change the things I can? There are many problems in my life that I do have the power to change, yet I believe in doing so would ultimately be a disservice to myself and others, especially in trying to rescue people from their burdens.
Understanding breeds empathy. Yet, truly understanding others shouldn’t necessarily lead to our jumping to deal with the surface level of what they are expressing.
I was observing my 16 month old son getting upset in his stroller. His frustration gradually built up to the point that he hit his head with a gentle thunk on the side of his carriage. I asked myself what it was he was really upset about? Ultimately, I believe he really wanted to be out of the stroller – and so created for himself more problems in being there.
I believe that human habits of behavior are the same: to unconsciously create “surface” level problems to gnaw at incessantly Our surface problems, or surface addictions, point to the deeper reality calling for wholeness. They should only be treated as such, and the temptation to mull around solving surface level problems avoided as much as possible.
Deeper and deeper we can layer the depth of acceptance, as one layer of problems is uncovered then another – without actually needed to cull anything to solve them. I pray for the kind of clarity to know the depths of wholeness until the ultimate causal reality can be reached.
In writing, I resolve to be creative with the beauty that is emerging from me. I resolve to accept the things in my life that I don’t necessarily like, and in doing so, gain the deeper clarity to know what my true problem really is. Then the solution is readily apparent and effortless or not, it will be done.
Only in knowing, having the clarity and focus upon causal reality, can true evolutionary change really be enacted upon my life patterns. Anything else is just like a mouse on the wheel, a dog chasing his tail, or any other metaphorical wheel spinning that doesn’t have the power to carry momentum onward toward the cosmic whole, toward true inner wholeness.
This, I believe, is the meaning of the phrase: “The Peace That Passeth Understanding.” There is a peace that surpasses understanding. The prince of peace is within. Peace is in reach, and no meaningful change can exist without peace. Peaceful clarity. Peaceful acceptance. Peaceful progress towards true fulfillment. This is my prayer for today.
I extend peace into my world.