With acceptance comes peace. Many humans spend their time on this earth searching for peace. They may think they are searching for success or money or fame or some other physical gratification and reward but the truth is they are hoping that the end result is that they are peaceful and happy in their existence on the planet. Of course I can't speak for every human. But as a student of humanity that seems to be the underlying motivation for human beings in their actions.
In order to have the peace we crave though we must first come to accept where we are in a particular moment. To find joy and peace in this time, this result, this event, this very time that we are in. There is no joy to be found in wanting and living in need and no peace to be found in searching and desiring something that may never come or that when it eventually shows up does not bring the desired result and leaves the person further lacking.
Because of this paradox though, this idea that we must accept what we have to have peace, leaves many people with the understanding that you sort of get to be lazy, lose ambition, sit under a bodhi tree and meditate and watch life passing you by. That there is nothing to be done, whatever will be will be and therefore why even try? This is not how it works. For even Siddhartha Gautama(The Buddha)got up and served the world after he recieved enlightenment under the tree.
This passive sort of mindset is not how we achieve peace. For what are we giving to the earth if we simply sit? How are we serving our fellow human if we watch him walk by in need and do not help? If we are to find peace it's by being passionate about what we should be doing in our lives to be fulfilled and to serve ourselves and humanity.
So how do we reconcile acceptance and passion in our lives. The key is not in choosing one or the other but in holding both as our guiding forces. Find your passion, discover what it is you want to do, get out there and live fully in the world with enthusiasm and passion and ambition. Enjoy it! The acceptance part is that you know that you are OK with whatever results you see from your efforts.
The best part of living this way is that you cannot experience failure. There is no failure to be found, only results. If you try something and discover that it's not working for you it is seen simply as a learning experience, something you had to do to learn the lesson that needed to be learned in that moment. By not setting great store in the end results and accepting them when they come whatever they are, you find peace.
So imagine a life without failure. Imagine living in the world as a contributing member of human society, with goals and aspirations, integrity and ambition and imagine that you greet whatever comes your way with acceptance and a knowing that you are in harmony with divinity and the earth. That is peace. And that is ultimately what we are all reaching for.
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