• Shawna Campbell

What's The Price of Life?



Everything comes at a cost. There are financial costs, time costs, emotional costs and energy costs. There's a price to life, and we're continually attempting to balance the scales in our favour. There are many ways we work to do this: developing our mindset and practicing mindfulness, building support and community, growing resilience and choosing our why and how. The precursor to all of these methods is acceptance.


You accept that life doesn't owe anyone anything.

You accept there's nowhere to go but to be here.

You accept that you can change your mind, change your actions, and change may happen.

You accept your past; you accept that it doesn't define you and that your present is all you can count on.


You’re not sure which way to go in life? Normal.

Frustrated at work and want something else? Ugh.

Unhappy childhood? Common.

Stuck in a rut? It happens.

Some of your relationships are hard? Have you seen Dr. Phil?


I don’t mean to be Captain Obvious, but welcome to life.


Acceptance.


This is the gig – all of it, and it’s the price we pay for sunrises, chocolate cake, ocean views, love, and all the good stuff.


In life, we think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem. The real truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together for a time, and they fall back apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. ~ Pema Chodron

Stop blaming or shaming yourself. It only makes you a victim twice.

Stop trying to be anywhere. Be where you are, and you’ll be happier.

Stop trying to fix anyone. You can’t change anyone. Change yourself. Change your responses.


Accepting that life is a mixed bag doesn't mean you like the hard stuff or that you don't keep showing up, taking responsibility, and making aware and thoughtful choices. Choices that may or may not work out. In the process, you'll find your way, do work you love, forgive and let go, take a leap, and meet some amazing people. Sounds priceless to me.


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