Understanding others is knowledge,
Understanding oneself is enlightenment;
Conquering others is power,
Conquering oneself is strengh;
Contentment is wealth,
Forceful conduct is willfulness;
Not losing one’s rightful place is to endure,
To die but not be forgotten is longevity.
Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgement of the facts of the situation. Then deciding what you’re going to do about.
We must accept change, interdependency, and vulnerability as synonymous with human life…. And what is the difference between truly accepting them and just resigning ourselves to their inevitability?…acceptance feels like a starting point, while resignation feels like a stopping point. Acceptance means seeing the facts for what they are and looking forward from there - what needs to be done now? Resignation means looking at the way things are and feeling hopeless - there’s nothing I can do about it….Acceptance puts process ahead of outcomes…Acceptance means accepting risk and uncertainty….
It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
To wait for someone else, or to expect someone else to make my life richer, or fuller, or more satisfying, puts me in a constant state of suspension; and I miss all those moments that pass. They never come back to be experienced again.
If happiness always depends on something expected in the future, w are chasing a will-o’-the-wisp that ever eludes our grasp, until the future, our ourselves, vanish into the abyss of death.
At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.