The fiancé and I went to see a screening of "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (Le Scaphandre et le Papillon)- a doc film about the editor of Elle Magazine in France and his amazing journey after having a very rare type of brainstem stroke leaving in cognitively fine but completely paralyzed. The movie was phenomenal, touching, passionate and if anyone works with the disabled or has a relative who is living with a stroke, this movie is a must.
Anyhoo: afterwards, a local doctor who had also suffered the same rare stroke 9 years ago presented on an ethics panel about his experience. The most powerful thing he said was about Hope vs False Hope. It was beautiful. Here are a few of my acceptances and hopes:
I accept that I will never be gumby, but I hope to continue my growth as a yogini and increase my flexibility.
I accept that I will always be a tense and type A person, but I hope my yoga practice will continue to bring me stability and peace
I accept that I will always struggle with savasana and meditation, but I hope to continue to practice redirecting my thoughts and mind to my breath
I accept that I am sensitive and passionate, but I hope to continue to grow and find balance and LET GO.
I accept that I am growing older, but I hope to gain wisdom and inner beauty every day.
I accept that I will never be a famous singer songwriter, but I hope to have music be a part of my life forever.
I accept that not everyone views the world the way I do, but I hope to learn from others.
I accept that there are so many things that I cannot change, but I hope to make a difference.