Shifting to Acceptance

In illness, I am passenger –
no matter how venturous
mind’s reach, the raw truth
is that limitations confine

This is not a sentence
for some perceived crime,
but a re-framing – attitude
shifting to acceptance

Choice becomes thoughtful –
time allows for that now –
and gratitude takes hold
in every corner of “I can”.

(Art my own)


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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

60 thoughts on “Shifting to Acceptance”

  1. When we stop fighting our limitations (illness or otherwise) but accept them and find a way to circumvent them, it is a triumph of our spirit and should be cheered.
    As I cheer your wise words and stunning art.

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  2. As we age and as health slowly deteriorates our perspectives change and I still find myself giving thanks each morning for another day when I can create and read and observe the works of others. A nice poem and a nice piece of art as well.

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  3. Yes, re-framing and gratitude are powerful ideas that can be life-changing. Holding onto the moments where “I can” is also important to me, with a bit of self-compassion thrown in, and a definite motivation to show up and be present in my life. Striking image, V.J. Full of deep meaning. Love it. โค

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  4. “In illness I am passenger” is a great opening line for your thought encouraging poem. And I love the last line. I am going to embrace the “I can” corners. Your art fits perfectly.

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  5. Lovely! I think when one stops fighting against something [as opposed to fighting for something], the sting goes out of it and acceptance begins to flow. It doesn’t mean the initial ‘thing’ has disappeared but rather it has lost its hold.

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