All posts filed under: Acceptance

Unhelpful Thinking Styles

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Acceptance / depression / forgiveness / Gratitude / Self acceptance / Serenity prayer / Uncategorized

Lately I keep catching myself thinking about some unpleasant things from the past (I am sure we all have them). The other day I objectively looked at it and realised that my thoughts were 40 years in the past! I keep reminding myself to look forward and not backwards. Even better if I can spend my time in the present moment. Last Semester I ran a course for U3A called Retired:Now What? As part of that […]

The eyes have it!

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Acceptance / cataracts / glaucoma / Gratitude / Uncategorized

I had laser eye surgery yesterday. My eyesight had deteriorated quite a lot recently and was making it hard for me to read – especially on my  computer. Initially I was to wait until October to get in to see an eye specialist. Fortunately there was a cancellation and I had an appointment yesterday with a visiting (to the region) specialist. I was diagnosed with glaucoma and cataracts in my early fifties. I was not […]

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)

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Acceptance / Gratitude / pressure to perform / Self acceptance / Uncategorized

There is so much pressure for us to get involved in stuff. I find it all the time. I think it is about time I accepted that I like my life the way it is! I am surrounded by people who are always off on holidays. Normal conversation involves talking about where you have been and where you are going next. I feel a bit inadequate not being able to contribute. I am not into […]

Life’s surprises are not always welcome

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Acceptance / emotions / Friends and family / Self acceptance / Uncategorized / Wisdom

As I look back over my life there are probably a dozen incidents or more that were a significant blow to my equilibrium. The sort that makes everything else seem petty and unimportant. I am sure that we all experience these things from time to time. My first experience I remember was when my school friend’s father died. He worked at our school and was very popular with all the kids. It was my first […]

What is the opposite of depression?*

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Acceptance / depression / emotions / Uncategorized

*According to writer, Andrew Solomon, it is vitality! That makes a lot of sense to me. I listened to his talk on the video below and could relate to much of what he said. I had my first encounter with depression when I was in my 20’s and have experienced it on and off over the years. I have used a variety of methods to help me feel and do better. Solomon raises the issue […]

Transitions take time …

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Acceptance / Baby Boomers / Meaning of life and that stuff / Uncategorized / Wisdom

I gave up full time work six years ago and I am still adjusting to the changes brought about by that decision. Many, many times I dreamed I was back at work – usually late and a bit lost – people had moved around and I couldn’t find them. This week I dreamed my old boss fired me! I was actually pleased, especially when he gave me a cheque for $14,000 (only in my dream)! […]

Federal Election and Online Shopping

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Acceptance / politics / Uncategorized / You must be kidding?

I finally tired of listening to the Federal Election results on Saturday night. I DID put in several hours in front of the TV. Instead I went on my computer and did some online shopping for new sheets and towels (end of financial year sales). Being satisfied that I got a good bargain I went off to bed still not knowing the election outcome. Here we are a few days later and my new sheets and […]

A Little Bit of Love

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Acceptance / compassion / forgiveness / Uncategorized

Sometimes it is hard to come to terms with the increasing rhetoric of hate and fear that is found in society. Has the world always been like this? When has it become OK to vilify people because of their religion, race, gender … The challenge, as I see it, is to remain hopeful that there is more good than bad in people and not to respond to hateful attitudes in a way that fuels them […]

What do love and economics have in common?

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Acceptance / beautiful / love / Uncategorized

Just recently while looking through some old documents I found my high school reports. I was surprised to see that I got top of my class in economics. I did enjoy the subject but didn’t pursue it any further beyond school. Then today I was thinking about my Mum who passed away ten years ago. Over the years I tried to demonstrate my love and appreciation of her. Did I succeed in showing my love […]

How much time is there?

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Acceptance / I feel... / Meaning of life and that stuff / Mindfulness

There are 168 hours in one week. Do you know what you do with them all? Does it match what you would like to be doing? Even when we can see a mismatch it is hard to change our habits. On another level, how much time do we have (in total)? Unless we have an appointment for voluntary euthanasia we would have to admit that we don’t know. We also don’t know how much time […]