Word-Of-the-Week #843: Embrace

October 1, 2020 by  

Embrace to accept willingly.

Have you been able to willingly accept the way things are now in this “new normal?” Have you felt any resentment?

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass … it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

                                                                                       — Vivian Greene 

This week longtime friend Bill Marvin, The Restaurant Doctor, had some insight to share and is a great follow up to last week’s WOW.

“Vivian Greene’s quote is perfect for the times we’re living in … and of course it has a deeper message. 

In a way her metaphor is another variation on themes you’ve been hearing for years — “It is what it is.”, “Play the hand you’re dealt.”, “Keep calm and carry on.”, and so forth. And yet I love that there’s a certain playfulness to it. 

Dancing in the rain goes beyond simply coping with your challenges. It’s about learning to love your situation, whatever it may be at the moment. The ability to joyously embrace whatever life brings your way is a powerful — and contagious — skill to develop. 

Resistance kills. Unconditional non-judgmental acceptance frees up your thinking so you can recognize what you need to do to make the most of things. When you see the world this way, you are always “on your game.” Eventually you can become so immersed in the adventure of living you don’t even notice the storms. How cool would that be? 

Spending time being upset at the hand you’ve been dealt makes you feel like you’re doing something about it … when you’re not. Don’t waste your time feeling resentful. The storm will pass … or it may not. Why should you let that destroy your peace of mind?

 In the end, the quality of your life is less about what life throws at you and more about the way you think about it. Let’s dance!” 

This week’s focus is to embrace your current situation. Can you be at peace not knowing how long the pandemic will last? Do you recognize what you need to do to make the most of your situation? How would it feel to joyously dance in the rain?

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