The A to Z of Practical Wisdom
The A – Z of Practical Wisdom is a unique blend of life coaching and spirituality. It offers inspiration and insight and is packed with practical techniques on how you can improve your life. There are many case studies which add depth to the interesting material.
The book features 26 short chapters – one for each letter of the alphabet – making it ideal for ‘dipping into’ when you are looking for guidance and inspiration. The writing style is straightforward and easy to read. Lorraine has a gift for getting to the heart of a message in as few words as possible; no long flowery explanations here! The A – Z of Practical Wisdom can be read over and over again. Each time you read it you will uncover another layer of understanding. It’s about absorbing the insights and making them relevant so that you move forward and fulfill your life purpose.
Title: The A to Z of Practical Wisdom
Author: Lorraine Hockley
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME?
Acceptance is about allowing life to unfold. Allow people to develop at their own rate, in their own way – that is how they learn. Meanwhile, you learn tolerance and patience. Allow experiences to happen with little interference. There is so much you don’t know; trusting the Universal Plan is the greatest acceptance of all.
Have you noticed that you only question fate when it is something you don’t want to happen? When your car is dented or your house burgled, the first thought is: ‘Why me? It’s not fair’. Yet if you win the lottery, you think: ‘Fantastic! I deserve this good luck’.
Acceptance is recognizing that our growth comes from surviving the tough times and remaining humble when our boat comes in. It is a sign of emotional maturity when you can practice acceptance no matter what is happening in your life.
Every day you are given a blank canvas, a brand new day full of endless possibilities. Even if you have issues from the day before, they will not be exactly the same today. You have the choice to shape your attitude, to turn resentment or self-pity into acceptance.
Many years ago, I read a story in the Reader’s Digest: I have never forgotten it, although the details may have blurred with the passing of time.
A man with a large family dreamed of having a den one day; his own private space that no one would invade. At last the front door closed after the eldest child left home (who, of course, was dearly loved and would be missed). The man rubbed his hands together with glee. ‘Now I will have my den.’
Within weeks, the man’s elderly father became ill and needed long-term care. The man didn’t hesitate: he moved his father into the vacated room he had set aside for his den. He made his father comfortable on the first night, and as he turned to leave the room, he had a flash of insight. ‘This is my life, right now, not how I want it to be one day.’
The man saw that fate always had a path mapped out for him, but his fantasy den prevented him from appreciating it. His dream was for privacy and a quiet life. His reality was being a pivotal person in a large, busy, loving household. The insight brought the man acceptance and peace.
I think about that man and his long-awaited den when I am yearning for overseas travel or a new car. It helps me to focus on accepting what is right under my nose: a comfortable house, good food, a wonderful husband and healthy children. I may get to travel, buy a new car, or I may not. It doesn’t matter.
Codependent No More 2009 US$ 16.99 277 pages