5 THINGS YOU CANNOT CHANGE

Posted on September 5, 2014

David Richo, PhD is an author, teacher, workshop leader, and psychotherapist who has written several books about the reality of life, relationships, and living life as a grown up.  In his book, 5 Things We Cannot Changeand the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them, Dr. Richo offers a list of realities that all humans have to deal with.

  • Everything changes and ends – It’s okay to deal with things the way they are today.  The past is not present and the future is not here yet.  Whatever is present today will be different tomorrow.
  • Things do not always go according to plan – Flexibility is always good.  Don’t get stuck on the idea that it has to be either Plan A or Plan B.  There’s a whole alphabet to work with. Adopt creativity and innovation to spark a new course. 
  • Life is not always fair – It just isn’t and never will be. Sometimes, there is a reason and purpose to pursue a militant cause.  Often, it is the best and healthiest choice to deal with what you can and move on.
  • Pain is part of life –  You can get really stuck here if you believe that pain is punishment and pleasure a reward. Use your pain to grow and don’t purposely invite or cause pain to cause growth in others.  Take your pain and work with it.
  • People are not loving and loyal all the time –  Human beings were created to live in community.  Within that community, people will let you down.  You will feel abandoned and betrayed.  Those are your feelings and they are real.  Deal with them, embrace them, and grow from them and beyond.

Looking at life realistically helps to balance your emotional well-being and makes all of your relationships healthier.  Getting weighted down is pointless. Acceptance and taking action appropriately will help you set realistic goals and live life in the healthiest way possible.

Written by: Cheryl Vance, LMFT

Cheryl is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Indianapolis. She specializes in relational issues such as personality, communication, and spiritual growth. If you would like to contact Cheryl, she can be reached at Cheryl@groffandassociates.com or 317-474-6448 ext. 106.

 

 

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