Acceptance vs Ambition (Part 2)

Last week I wrote a piece about acceptance, ambition and profound truth. Since then I’ve been thinking more about acceptance, and how for some reason it’s both important to have acceptance, and to resist acceptance and aim for ambition instead.

And I thought to myself:

Why would I accept something I can change?

The only reason to accept something, I think, is when it falls on the “uncontrollables” side of the weighing scales of life.

Too often, though, we accept things we can change.

We accept things sometimes because we don’t fully believe in ourselves and our power to change them. We accept things sometimes because we are afraid of the new reality that changing them might bring.

Perhaps the most cited lines ever written by the spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson are:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

This — the fear that we are powerful beyond measure — might be the main reason we find ourselves accepting things that we can and should aim to change.

If we can change something for the better, to make our tiny corner of the world better for us and better for everyone around us, who are we to accept the status quo?


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