Be happy for this moment before you, for this moment is your life. Acceptance of the present moment brings deep peace, happiness, and love, and allows us to experience the depth of life through its one eternal gift: the present moment.
“See if you can catch yourself complaining, in either speech or thought, about a situation you find yourself in, what other people do or say, your surroundings, your life situation, even the weather. To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.” – Eckhart Tolle
Forgive this Moment
I welcome this moment as if I had chosen it.
Acceptance requires some level of forgiveness and compassion. Forgive each other, forgive yourself, forgive the situation and the life experiences that are hard to swallow–forgive it all. This is the beginning to acceptance and happiness.
Once we have forgiven the moment for not living up to our ideals, we can accept it for what it is and let ourselves move with it. We can work with it instead of against it. We can place meaning in it, if we so choose. We can grow from it, if we so choose. We can use it as a stepping stone to wherever we are headed instead of deeming it unworthy of our trust and gratitude.
Every single thing in this life has value.
Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different, and instead placing faith in the possibility of the future. It’s accepting the past for what it was and, consequently, accepting exactly where the past has led you. Use this moment in time to help yourself move forward. This moment is waiting on your welcome.
Choose this Moment
In this moment, I do not pretend or wish for anything other than what is.
In that moment of not pretending and choosing acceptance, you will find hope. The thoughts you associate with the moment will determine your reality, and if you are in charge of your thoughts and your reality, you are exercising the hope that life can be what you desire it to be. Regardless of what has happened, you can choose to be all here in light of the truth and in honor of where it has brought you.
You are meant to be here. You are not mean to be anywhere else, otherwise you would be. You are meant to experience this. This is exactly the place you are meant to be standing in life. Trust the timing of your life and have faith in the process. Life is a concession of moments, and they are as meaningful as we choose to make them.
This short story is a piece of your life novel; in fact, it is your novel, for this is the only moment that’s in front of you, waiting for your acceptance and your energy, your love and your aliveness.
Live without pretending to be somewhere else. Love without depending on the situation to be perfect. Listen to what the moment has to say without defending what you thought it should be like. Speak without offending what is just because you thought it should be what it is not.
Presence, Happiness is Acceptance
The present moment is everything, and I accept it.
If you want to be happy and at peace, try accepting the unalterable. Wherever you are, be there completely. If the present moment brings you unhappiness, you can either remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it (and then request to see it differently). There are no other options that will bring you happiness or peace.
Happiness is a true oneness with the moment–with truth, with life, and with love. Happiness is presence, and presence is total acceptance and union with all that the present moment holds.
Take the happy challenge to stop complaining just for today.
In what ways are you practicing acceptance today? What are you willing to forgive, let go, and grow from? Please share your thoughts, lessons, and experiences with me in the comments.
Share this affirmation with someone who deserves peace of mind.
As Richard Bach says, “The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.”
Free watercolor background by Pikkukioski; lettering by Aim Happy.