What Good Life Is Just Beyond Acceptance?

Earlier this week, I drove to Denver to facilitate a StrengthsFinder team development for one of my coaching clients. As is want to do this time of year, it was snowing and the roads were icy for about the first 45 minutes of my drive.

I could hear the typical conversation in my head about how it would be fine for me to drive in the snow if it weren’t for all the other pesky drivers. And, perhaps because I had only myself to talk to, I reminded myself that the experience of my life is created from within me, not by external circumstances outside of me (those pesky drivers).

So, I decided to accept the other drivers and drove for a few minutes without saying much to myself. And, then I had an insight.

What if I put my focus on my relationship with the road? What if I noticed that I am One with the whole experience – the road, the snow, the other drivers? What if I allowed myself to receive the beauty of the experience?

Instantly my experience shifted from one of stress and tolerating to feeling relaxed and knowing I am always supported. I had a palpable experience of the state of grace in which I live – if I only but notice.

On my drive back from Denver, I was present to the glory of this moment  with the majesty of the Spanish Peaks near Walsenburg, Colorado.
On my drive back from Denver, I was present to the glory of this moment with the majesty of the Spanish Peaks near Walsenburg, Colorado.

Maybe 15 minutes later, the traffic thinned and there was no longer snow and ice on the road. And, my awareness of receiving WHAT IS stayed with me throughout the rest of the trip.

(Excerpted from my forthcoming book, “Strong from Within: Simple perceptions and practices for returning to the joy of you”)

4 comments to What Good Life Is Just Beyond Acceptance?

  • Ann Strong

    Ken, perhaps snowballing “more”?!?

  • Ken

    Wow! Grace all wrapped up “to go!” As Rosalie said and you replied to, how about more and more frequently at first, then more and more “more frequently,” and so on? That might be another definition of Oneness!

  • Ann Strong

    Rosalie, it’s wonderful to hear from you! I’m struck by what you said, “It’s a transformative process and can be applied in many situations.” I’m wondering what it would be like to remember it’s available to us in every moment?!?

  • Ann, thanks, for sharing. I do something very similar when I am skiing on more challenging slopes. It is a transformative process and can be applied in many situations. All the Best, Rosalie

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