"Resignation is defeat and acceptance is victory."
When I am alone and I can hear myself think, spirit whispers truths to me. I woke up a little after 4 a.m. with spirit gently nudging me to wake up and listen to myself think. I began to think about the difference between resignation and acceptance. The difference is subtle, but profound.
Resignation is fear-based. It is passive. When we resign we have given up. We have lost faith in the voice within us. The voice that is spirit talking. The part of us that is eternal. This happens when we are overwhelmed by the noise of everyday life. Our environment, the conversations we have, the shows we watch on television, the social media feeds which we subscribe, the music we listen to and the books we read. We can easily become the product of other people's fear if we're not paying attention. These things form our beliefs and fuel our subconscious. Naturally we feel the urge to fight them, because they don't come from a higher perspective. The perspective that is our own soul. This is how we get out of alignment. This is why we're exhausted. We're using our energy to continually battle the false beliefs that keep us from moving forward.
Acceptance is love-based. It is active. It is allowing. It requires us to remove ourselves from the noise of other people's fears and beliefs. It is an act of faith. It requires us to take responsibility for the direction we're moving, for our thoughts, and how we respond to things that oppose our subconscious programming. It requires us to listen. It requires us to turn inward. It requires us to reflect in solitude.
We are naturally social beings. We do need one another. Learning how to be a part of the whole is one of the reasons why we are here. That itself is something to hold in awe and wonder. We are often told that in order to be happy we must be alone, but I believe this is just more contrast. It is just more extreme thinking.
We need to find that balance between solitude and community. When you're finding yourself reactive it's time to reflect. It's time to remove yourself from the noise and go within. It doesn't mean isolate yourself from the world. It means take all the time you need to listen to yourself think. So you can respond from a place of love and not resign to your fear.
Art: Surrender by Leslie Shrader-Fagnan