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Letting Go & Accepting Change

“Look around you. Everything changes. Everything on this Earth is in a continuous state of evolving, refining, improving, adapting, enhancing…changing. You were not put on this Earth to remain stagnant.” – Dr. Steve Maraboli

The above quote is one of my absolute favorites; whenever I read it, I’m reminded that there is always opportunity for personal growth in life. It is a known fact that the things around us in our physical reality change from day to day, most times whether we want them to or not and whether we expect them to or not. For instance, we all experience the wavering changes of Mother Nature in our daily lives. The weather changes from minute to minute, hour by hour. Thus this is why many of us are obsessed with watching the nightly news to stay ahead of the constant weather changes. However, how many times has the meteorologist’s forecast failed you and you found yourself caught in pouring rain when mostly sunny skies were just promised to you hours ago?

Now, I would like you to take the time to really think about the last time you experienced being stuck outside in weather that you weren’t necessarily prepared for. When that moment arose, there’s a high probability that you had to adjust to the environment you were surrounded in. Even though you didn’t expect the weather to turn out like you assumed it would, you simply had to allow Mother Nature to run its course until the sunny skies returned.

The changes we experience in our life are a lot similar to the above scenario. Life will throw its curve balls unexpectedly at us and we must adjust ourselves accordingly by allowing Life to take its course. Learning how to adapt to life’s difficult situations isn’t easy but it can be done. We must first learn how to let go of our expectations from Life. The truth is that not everything in life happens the way we think it should. We must relinquish the thought of being in control of everything in Life.

Most unfortunate events that happen in our life come without our permission and therefore we automatically lose control of the situation. When this happens, we tend to ask ourselves things like, “Why did my life have to be this way?” or “Why did this happen to me?” But instead of feeling defeated from our experiences, why not ask ourselves the questions, “What can I learn from this situation?” or “What actions can I take to create a better situation?” Keeping a positive and proactive mindset is very helpful during these times of distress.

Once we let go of our expectations and accept the things we cannot control, we are able to move

 
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forward in Life with contentment instead of feeling stuck in life with resentment in our hearts. Remember that not all changes are meant for our downfall; we must choose whether to see the good or bad in any unfortunate situation we are given in Life. I’m a firm believer in Life being our greatest teacher; some of the worst and unexpected events in my life taught me valuable life lessons. There is always something for us to learn in Life because we are not designed to know all the answers to the many problems we face.

We know that change is inevitable because we know that old age is inescapable. We must all grow older in age and our bodies will change dramatically from our youthful years. Many individuals fear the notion of getting older and will spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on cosmetic surgeries to “beat the clock”. This type of behavior leads to self-value depreciation and could ultimately lead individuals into a harrowing tunnel of depression.

It is quite common for us to fall into a state of fear and anxiety for the future when faced with unexpected changes. Avoid fearing the natural changes that come in our life because fear blocks us from opportunities for personal growth. Fear also opens the door for us to make irrational decisions and these moments of poor decision making often lead us into worst situations that we end up regretting.

Start accepting your life for the gift that it is. When we accept the changes within and around us, we get to experience peace and comfort within ourselves and in life overall. In my opinion, this is the true freedom we all desire! We all desire to be truly happy with ourselves and our lifestyle. Don’t allow the unexpected changes in life stop you from living the life you deserve. Garner up your strength and courage from within and push forward through every stumbling block Life throws at you. You are worthy to live your healthiest and happiest life!

With peace and love,

-Michelle Yarah

Michelle Yarah is a wife and homeschooling mother of four. In her spare time, the Alabama native thoroughly enjoys writing positive/healthy lifestyle content as an author and freelance writer. She co-founded Yarah Publishing Group with her husband and they have published lifestyle ebooks online since 2014.

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