Accept Yourself

One day King came to his garden and saw withering and dying trees, bushes, and flowers.

An oak said it dies because it can’t be as high as a pine.

A pine tree was falling because it could not give grapes like a grapevine.

Meanwhile, the grapevine was dying because it couldn’t blossom like a rose.

But soon the King found a single plant, pleasing heart, bloomy and fresh.

The king asked:

-All the trees and flowers here are withering, and you are flourishing, why?

– I think it comes naturally. You have planted me because it was Your wish and Your choice. If you would like to grow oak, grapes, or rose, you would plant them. And I cannot be anything else than what I am. So I try to develop my best qualities.

Look at yourself. You can be only yourself. 

It is impossible for you to become someone else. 

You can enjoy life and blossom or you can wither if you do not accept yourself.

I too had similar thoughts when I was admitted to the hospital after meeting an ill-fated injury in 1994, which left me paralyzed from the waist below.

I was told my wheelchair is my new companion for the rest of my life.

Similarly, you too might be undergoing some adverse situation or some difficulties that make you feel very difficult to feel ” What is the way out”

Why did I land up in the problem?

Why are all the problems happening to me only?

When you don’t accept yourself you become more sensitive to rejection.

 when you don’t accept yourself you lose faith every time you trip over any old weakness.

 when you don’t accept yourself you waste time looking for love to make you complete.

 when you don’t accept yourself you are living in the past.

 acceptance is not a hopeless position it is the only position from which you can grow.

 if you accept yourself you can accept your life,  your life situation, and the world

Keep busy. Lose yourself in action so that you have no time to worry!!!!

No time for worry! That is exactly what Winston Churchill said when he was working eighteen hours a day at the height of the war.

When he was asked if he worried about his tremendous responsibilities, he said: “I’m too busy. I have no time for worry.”

How many of us keep worrying about many things in our life and spend most of our time in a day, weeks, and sometimes months

Some examples

– What will happen in my life in the future?

– What will happen to my job?

– What will happen to the family?

– What will happen after 5 years?

– How will I lead my life?

– What will happen to my life, if I don’t have Finance?

– I am alone my husband/wife left me?

– I am alone not married?

– I am not having a job?

Famous Scientist Louis Pasteur found peace in his laboratories.

What is your peace-keeping action?

One of the most practical pieces of advice given by Psychologists is one has to keep himself/herself busy with something.

When you get involved in doing something you are physically and mentally involved.

When I was in hospital lying on the bed paralyzed from the waist below. The doctor said one day “ You need to start working and keep busy”.

This strategy of mine helped me take up a job immediately after I came out of hospital after two years.

I became highly successful in 2-3 years in the job despite being in a wheelchair. Soon I was recognized by my organization with the Extraordinary Contributor Award.

I became manager to the group of 7-8 people who were reporting to me.

Similarly, it is in our choice what we want to do at present.

Certain things may not be in our control. 

Eg: Pandemic happening right now

What decision you are going to take now is important.

If you ask me I would say “ Lose yourself in action so that you have no time to worry”.

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