Acceptance is the understanding that things do not work out according to the picture that we plan and prioritise.
Things work out according to the purpose of Spirit.
We see the pattern, but we do not know the outcome. Nevertheless, we have to accept this fact and live our lives in the belief that we should seek to follow our path, one step at a time, praying and asking for guidance as we go.
One of the features of long term illness is finding the strength to accept that things have changed and I no longer am able to do things which I took for granted before.
Acceptance is realising that I can still do things within new boundaries and that this opens the way for my creative spirit to develop and grow despite limitations.
Itʼs not only long term illness that forces us to look again at what is important. For example, it may be that we have an addictive personality or a long term situation that we canʼt change. Again we have to accept the way things are and not the way we would like them to be.
We are so fortunate in this situation because we can develop and grow and we know that the spirit is there to guide us, to show us the way that we should be going and bringing the people into our lives who understand our dilemma and can offer support as well.
You may have seen our website for the Arran Knitting Company where we have patterns for sale which Iʼve developed over the years, taking traditional island designs and reworking them into more contemporary styles and techniques.
For some time Iʼve been thinking about selling the patterns on Etsy because we need to be able to have an automatic procedure for sending them out. Itʼs a classic that we get an order the night before I have to go into hospital and although I can process the sale manually, there may come a time when I canʼt.
So Etsy it is. Iʼm enjoying setting up the pages and seeing how it works and learning something new while I fight off despair about the things I canʼt do now.
You can check out my efforts on Arran Knitting Company on Etsy and perhaps feel inspired to get those knitting needles out and try out a new pattern.
Knitting is easy to learn and gives our thoughts another direction much more positive than what we canʼt do.
The essence of acceptance.