Excerpt from Daily Cures, Wisdom for Healthy Aging by Connie Mason Michaelis
I recently heard the statement, “All suffering is caused by resistance.” What an interesting concept! We spend time and energy thinking about things that are seemingly out of our control. We resist the way things are. We may suffer from anger, depression, sadness, and unforgiveness because we think life should be different than it is. In truth, the only control we have is to simply let go of our attachments to negative thoughts and memories. The opposite of resistance is thankfulness. We do not have control over our circumstances, but we have the power to embrace our situation and be thankful for it!
How does resistance relate to successful aging? I believe that those individuals who have aged most gracefully are those with the greatest level of gratefulness. It is not because their life is easier; usually, it is just the opposite. No one escapes difficult situations, but suffering can be minimized or avoided. Resistance is negative energy. Acceptance can be extremely therapeutic. Those who embrace the aging process and use their energy towards being positive are living life to the fullest. In this season, we are reminded of the importance of being thankful. Let’s quit resisting and enjoy life. Thanksgiving is not a day; it is a way of living!
"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." Oprah Winfrey