Ineluctable Precipitation:

Affirmations Of The Inescapable

“Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.” – Albert Camus

Struggle is ingrained in the biology of all human beings, as it is intrinsic to continued existence in this physical space. Whether internal or external, creating anything positive that can withstand the chaos of the universe is admirable and should be pursued. However, to struggle against what cannot or should not be changed is to fight the very nature of reality. As this is a losing battle filled only with destruction and delusion, it is merely an exercise in futility. In the end, the goal throughout your life should be to improve your ability to determine when to struggle versus when to accept. This is one of the many ways to maximize personal contentment.

“For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Recognizing which obstacles in the external world represent immovable objects, unalterable challenges that can only be circumvented or accepted rather than overcome, is instrumental to your overall satisfaction and success in life. Much like the weather, there will always be absolute physical forces which must be accepted and worked around rather than fought against. This is simply the nature of the physics that govern our reality. Learning to be content in the acceptance of the changeless is key to the cultivation of gratitude for all things.

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

As you will always be faced with the necessity of acceptance, you must remain composed, patient with all things. Be patient with yourself; personal growth is difficult and takes time. Be patient with others; each person progresses differently on their journey through life. Be patient with the universe; you cannot fight against those things which are unalterable. Don’t forget, the most rugged mountains may only be traversed carefully, slowly, purposefully, lest the summit never be reached at all.

“We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.” – Santosh Kalwar

In order to positively change your actions or feelings, your must first reform the negative thoughts that you think, or at the very least willfully alter which thoughts you fixate on, or amplify. In order to accept that which is unchangeable, you must reframe your perspective in a way that allows you to experience these insurmountable obstacles positively, peacefully. It is never productive to lament that which cannot be undone, this will only increase your misery. You must learn to accept the immutable, so that you may focus your energy and your passions on something more fulfilling, more fruitful.

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – William Shakespeare

Believe it or not, nothing is inherently “good” or “bad” in any sort of a divine or objective sense. Judgments of value or significance are entirely subjective as they depend on your specific perspective, on the framework of meaning you’ve chosen to adopt. You may find this lack of definitive, universal meaning to be disheartening, but it should actually serve to empower you. It illustrates that you are the measure of all things and that you possess the ability to alter the positive or negative experiences you have in life by simply changing your internal perspective, rather than having to always address the physical circumstances which surround you. This is how you learn to accept things which cannot be changed while remaining content. You can reframe these permanent barriers in a positive light, or at the very least you can learn to see these obstructions as mere detours that impart knowledge. Remember, hindrances such as these absolutely do not require any sort of negative emotional reaction to move past, or overcome.