Acceptance: Seemingly a Daily Practice These Days

The other day, I was going to go outside to prep the grill so I could cook some dinner. My dog, Cosette, decided she wanted to join me.  So, off we went outside.

She promptly laid down in the grass as per her usual supervisory position whenever I am working on anything. 🙂 What I found particularly interesting was that she didn’t even notice the rabbit sitting a mere 20 feet from her in the grass.

Both of them seemed to be content with the other being there. This is probably due to the fact that Coz had no idea the bunny was there. They have a Roadrunner & Wiley Coyote kind of relationship.

Coz chases the bunny almost every day without even coming close to catching him. Probably why he just keep munching on grass while keeping one eye on Coz.

This got me thinking. Did Coz actually see the bunny and just accept the fact that she wasn’t going to catch him, or was she just totally blind to the fact that he was there? Whichever answer is true, one thing remained constant. Coz was enjoying laying in the sunshine on the grass, and was accepting the nature of the moment.

Which leads me to the other thing I was thinking about at the time. As many of you know, I am in the final stages of editing my book. My most recent packet of edits arrived the other day. At least that is what USPS said when I tracked the number.

So, I went down to check the mailbox and discovered that it wasn’t in my mailbox. So, I got a little irritated by the fact that USPS said it had arrived when it hadn’t. This has happened before, when the website says its here but it’s really not. 

I checked the next day. Nothing. I thought, this is odd. Now I am starting to think that one of my neighbors might have gotten my packet instead. You see, my mailbox is part of a group of mailboxes on my street and it doesn’t come directly to my door. 

This probably works well for mail carriers to not have to take as much time to deliver the mail, providing they put mail in the right slot.

It has been a few days now, and so far nothing. I put a sign on the mailbox asking my neighbors if they got my packet by mistake to please consider bringing it to me. I have seen and heard nothing. 

I am accepting the fact that there is nothing I can do about this situation, although it is quite frustrating. I am sure you can relate to situations like this in your own life. Often times, we don’t have a lot of control over the things and situations that happen in our lives. But there is one thing we always have control over.

How we respond to these situations. I could get mad and angry at my mail carrier for making the mistake, but in the end this is a futile exercise. Plus, everyone makes mistakes. We are all human after all. 

I have heard it said by others that if they keep getting thrown into a similar situation over and over that they haven’t learned the lesson they are supposed to be learning. I think this is only true when you make a mistake that you aren’t owning. 

When you are being put into similar situations over and over, consider for a moment that it is just an opportunity to practice a perishable skill.

My plans to get my final edits done this week have been thwarted. I think I will go climb a mountain instead 🙂

#acceptance #myfirstbook #harmony #respondnotreact

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