Saturday, September 8, 2018

Day 67 Acceptance is a gift

I have been reading the work of Albert Ellis, a psychotherapist, who works in Behavioral Rational Emotive Therapy.  It's kinda like Zen, kinda like Buddhism, but still a little different.  I have been reading and thinking of concept USA or universal self acceptance.  There is another concept called UOA or universal other acceptance, but since I have a little less than 300 days to go, I am saving it for another time.  He discusses that because we live, we are: good, bad or indifferent.  I was thinking reading this of my dog.  He just is.  He does not care if he bothers me when I am tired, if he needs to go out or eat.  He just barks or wines.  He guards the door and barks to help protect the family.  He sleeps a lot since he is old.  He is and does not seem to feel any regret about what he does.  If he bites me because I am bothering him (trying to help him take a pill etc...), he moves on in a few minutes.  We as animals may be able to learn from this.  We are.  That is the beauty in life.  We exist for a short time and what we do here is just what we do here.  Some people change the world; others just survive.  Acknowledging this beauty of being may cause happiness for us and acceptance in just sitting back and taking it all in.  Today, I am trying to do just that.

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