Sometimes we look back in time to realize all the wrong decisions we had made or all the time wasted by watching too much TV, the horror of regret can start to take over and consume our minds and our souls.
Regret can bring feelings of self-hatred ,anxiety, and depression. The combination of these horrid feelings, or mental conditions, can conduce to self-destructive behaviors.
Looking back at the past, or worrying about the future are the main cause of regret.
Acceptance of the present for what it is, on the other hand, can immediately help to overcome all those monsters (negative thoughts) that torment us.
"Can't change it." These words are what helped Hal Elrod, author of the book The Miracle Morning to recover from a near-death car accident that left him almost paralyzed. He was told he would never walk again. He even got bracelets engraved with these words (can't change it) to remind himself and other people that wallowing in the past mistakes, or traumas won't ever help us get ahead.
"While coming to grips with my new reality wasn't easy, and at times I couldn't help but wonder -Why did this happened to me?- I had the responsibility of getting my life back. Instead of complaining about how things should be, I embraced how things were.I stopped putting energy into wishing my life was any different- into wishing bad things didn't happen to me- and instead focused 100% on making the best of what I had. Since I couldn't change the past, I focused on moving forward. I dedicated my life to fulfilling my potential and achieving my dreams so I could discover how to empower others to do the same," Hal Elrod said. He is a living example of the power of acceptance and moving forward. He also said, "Where you are is a result of who you were, but where you go depends entirely on who you choose to be from this moment forward."
I have come to the conclusion that our thoughts definitely create our reality. Not long ago I was on a self-destructive path, where I didn't see all the blessings I had been bestowed with. I was focusing on my past mistakes, traumas, and self-imposed limitations, and thinking that I couldn't take charge of my life by doing what I love against all odds.
After a lot of prayers, reflection, reading, and getting rid of bad habits, I accepted that the past is gone. All I have is the now, I realized that is up to me to create my own reality and future, I can see clearly now(like the song says), the power of acceptance.
Let's celebrate life with all its blessings, with all its ups and downs, and recognize that we are only humans that make mistakes, but that learning from those mistakes is the only way to grow and to become better human beings.
Acceptance is the key to celebrate life.
The power of acceptance will bring us closer to designing the life we want to live. A life worth living!
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