Self-Care Challenge (Day 49): Accepting What Is

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On day 49 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored how to accept what is.

Yesterday was one of those days where nothing seemed to go according to plan. Tasks that I intended to complete didn’t get done; progress that I hoped to make on projects didn’t move forward an inch; and the day melted away before my eyes, leaving me feeling empty handed.

And I honestly shouldn’t have been surprised. There were many reasons things didn’t go well.

For one, I didn’t plan well. The food bank didn’t need any extra volunteers, which I would have known if I had scheduled in advance rather than just showing up

Second, technology was not my friend. Despite resetting my password twice and trying to chat with an agent, I wasn’t able to place a critical online order.

And third, my environment wasn’t conducive to productivity. I allowed too many distractions to steal my attention.

Of course, these minor inconveniences were not catastrophic by any means. But nevertheless, when things don’t go the way we imagine, or how we think they should, it can be frustrating. At one point, I had to laugh at myself because I noticed that I was mumbling and complaining simply because I didn’t accomplish a few silly items on my to-do list.

What did that grumbling accomplish? Nothing.

I’m constantly reminded that doing my best is all I can do. Sometimes my plans won’t play out the way I envision them, but learning to accept what is and finding new ways to move forward is the only way to achieve goals.

Accept. Adapt. Adjust. Act. Achieve. But not necessarily in that order.

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