Accepting your limits

How do you react when you fail or are disappointed? When something bad happens over which you have no control?

I was sad when I heard of a friend’s friend who gave birth to a stillborn baby. I remembered my own sadness when I struggled with infertility for four years before my daughter was born and two years before my son was born. I remembered how I horrible I felt when I had a miscarriage.

Sometimes, no matter what you do or how hard you try, you don’t succeed or something bad happens. A loved one dies. You don’t get the promotion you want. Your child doesn’t follow your advice.

What can you do? Ultimately, you have to accept what you can’t control and you have to remember that life isn’t always fair.

I found some comforting words on the National Infertility Association’s website Resolve.  Although the words were written  for people  trying to have children, they apply to all of us because we all have limitations.

“The process of coming to terms…is long and gradual, but it is possible to transform the sense of failure into an empathy with yourself, an affirmation of your strength, an acceptance of your limits, a pride in your endurance, and maybe most of all, an empathy with others who, as partners in the human condition, also face defeats. In time, the shadow cast upon your life can fade and the light can shine through again.”

When have you been disappointed? How have you learned to accept your limitations? We would like to hear about your experiences.

–Joy

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