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Living in Paradox

It occurred to me recently that life necessitates living in a paradox more than we seem to be comfortable with. Our need to categorize and be perfectly right has us believing there’s a right way or there’s the highway. But I’ve bumped into several situations that would seem we need to lighten up and accept we can live on both sides.

 

I read somewhere, “You’re allowed to be Ok where you are and want something different too” and I froze. What? How is that possible? My disgust with my body would necessitate changing it, right? But now I am being given permission to be Ok with my body and also create an intention to tune it up simultaneously? The difference in the situations may be that in the previous one, I didn’t believes I was really going to meet my goal. Thus that disgust. But if you give yourself permission to be OK with where you are, then you feel more confident that you’ll be there for yourself in guiding the progress towards where you want. Self-trust then allows for you to occupy this seeming paradox.

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I truly do believe that to move on from anywhere, you need to accept that you are there. So it would stand to reason that in any circumstances, you can accept /acknowledge/understand being there (not always be angry or disapproving) and this will give you the power to make a shift from there and on-wards. So that would sound like, “My body is OK the way it is. I am no less beautiful for the couple extra pounds I adopted at Christmas. I am not broken so I don’t have to fix it, I just want to tune/tone it up.” I looked at my capris pants today and I am working my way back into them one Weight Watchers day at a time.Living in Paradox on Shalavee.com

 

Life is absolutely made of way more paradoxes than we care to acknowledge. Is it a paradox to like your body well enough the way it is and want to change it? Is it a paradox to love your husband and have crush on Brad Pitt? If what we have is good enough for now, then we can look to other possibilities without recrimination or guilt, that feeling of being at a deficit or deficient isn’t helping anyway. I can acknowledge that eventually I’d like a new couch and for now, this one is good enough. And that possibility allows for more being OK with my now. We all need to find a way to be OK with our nows.

 

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