Accepting Life on Life’s Terms

Accepting Life on Life’s Terms


When I was teaching at a local elder care facility, I had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful, intelligent and worldly woman named Mary. She was intelligent, heartfelt, wise beyond belief. She’d lived many lives in her one lifetime here and was so loving and tender and real and supportive towards me. I loved her.

One day I went to visit her and found out she’d moved into another area of the facility for more concerted care. A part of me felt so sad about this.

When I got to her new room, she greeted me at the door smiling, slightly hunched over in her posture.

I asked, “What happened? What are you doing here?”

She said, “I needed more support.”

I cried, telling her that I felt sad about that.

And her response to me was something I hadn’t yet heard in my Life from anyone, regardless of age or circumstance.

“It’s supposed to be this way,” she said gracefully.

In that moment, her acceptance of what Life was was palpable and so real, so true, so accepting of what is.

Accepting Life on Life’s terms. How freeing. No stories about “This is so bad,” “This should not be happening!” “Why me????!!!!”

Thank you, Mary, for your wise words, your wisdom and your endearing love.


Empowering Questions:

What is hard about accepting Life on Life’s terms?

How could this reframe actually free you from struggle, strife and needless suffering?

Share your comments below.

Sincerely, and with Aloha Nui Loa,


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*The name of the elder was changed to protect her privacy.

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