Accepting is NOT defeat, it’s adding layers of intimacy with the universe or higher power and getting more acquainted with them.

-Kyle Higgins, Mental Health Counselor

Does acceptance of something that didn’t go your way a form of defeat?

This is something my counselor and I recently talked about in a grueling session. For new readers that may not know, I have clinical depression and have been seeing a counselor years.

This past Monday, I had a particularly gruelling, but ultimately rewarding, session with him. Our main topic was perception of four words that may seem either negative or insignificant.

Those four words are accept, believe, breathe and live. I’m sure all of us have certain pre-conceived notions about each of those words. But what if we looked at them in a different light?

๐”ธโ„‚โ„‚๐”ผโ„™๐•‹: There are certain ways of the universe which we can never change. What we can change is our perception of acceptance. As today’s quote says, accepting is NOT defeat, it’s adding layers of intimacy with the universe or a higher power and getting more acquainted with them. In every successful relationship, there is give and take. Why should a relationship with God be any different?

๐”น๐”ผ๐•ƒ๐•€๐”ผ๐•๐”ผ: Not being in control doesn’t always equate to suffering. The universe or God is not out to personally gets you. Rather, they want to nurture you and help you build survival skills for both the good AND the bad. Believe that every bad experience will teach you something and help you in the future.

๐”นโ„๐”ผ๐”ธ๐•‹โ„๐”ผ: “Hey! Pay more attention to me. I am keeping you alive after all.” Or so your breathing might be saying when you’re panicking or having an anxiety attack. In those moments, just take a minute to calm your breath down (& not the other way around). Stop it from running too fast by holding it back & then releasing it gently.

๐•ƒ๐•€๐•๐”ผ: You were sent here as a human being & not a robot for a reason. You’re meant to live. Take full advantage of it. Don’t squander that right.

How do you feel about these perceptions of the words above? How do you personally view them? Is there a specific part of your life that framed your beliefs? Or is it living in general? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.

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Hi, I'm Neel! I'm a writer (fiction and poetry), a journalist and currently working in the advertising business. I'm also a mental health advocate, having been diagnosed with clinical depression a few years ago.
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