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Day 2104: Surrender

Yesterday, I surrendered to a therapy group member’s suggestion that people express their thoughts and feelings about “surrender.”

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What does surrender mean to you?  What’s your personal experience of surrender?  What would happen if you surrendered?  What would change in your life?

 

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Ann shall now surrender to her wish to quote others about “surrender.”

It took me a while to learn the true meaning of patience and surrender, but I have finally accepted that healing doesn’t happen on our schedule. It doesn’t have a clock or a calendar.

Yolanda Hadid

The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.

Julia Cameron

Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.

Gail Sheehy

If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Let the winds of evidence blow you about as though you are a leaf, with no direction of your own. Beware lest you fight a rearguard retreat against the evidence, grudgingly conceding each foot of ground only when forced, feeling cheated. Surrender to the truth as quickly as you can.

Eliezer Yudkowsky

Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment… Surrender to what is.  Say ‘yes’ to life – and see how life starts suddenly to work for you rather than against you.

Eckhart Tolle

There are also many quotes about the negative side of surrender, including this one:

Not voting is not a protest. It is a surrender.

— Keith Ellison

Please vote for your favorite photo in today’s post, including these:

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Soon I’ll be surrendering my shoulder to my physical therapist, Matt, who was devilishly happy on Wednesday when I added a chorus, just for him, to my  original song “Triggers.” Here are some of the lyrics I’ll be surrendering up to an audience tonight at an Open Mic performance of “Triggers”  in Arlington, Massachusetts:

TRIGGERS

For me it’s the cold and the dark,

For him it’s not finding a safe place to park.

For some it’s a loud noise,

For others it’s bad boys,

For many it’s news of attacks by a shark.

Everybody’s got a trigger,

Some of us have more than one.

Some are small and some are bigger.

None of them are ever fun.

© Ann Koplow 2018

Here‘s “Surrender” by Cheap Trick.

I also surrender to the musical suggestion of these socks.

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I surrender to the truth that some won’t be able to watch the videos I include in these posts.

I now surrender to your comments and to my gratitude for all who helped me create this “surrender” post and — of course! — for YOU.

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Day 1792: Yes!

Yes!  It’s another post at the Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally.

Yes!  I saw this yes-terday

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and almost said “yes” to writing a post titled “No!”

Yes! I’ve already written Day 1539: The No List which includes interesting quotes about “No.” Yes!  I’ll wait while you read that other post.

Yes! There are also interesting quotes about “Yes!”

Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment… Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life – and see how life starts suddenly to start working for you rather than against you. — Eckhart Tolle

When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, ‘Oh yes – I already have everything that I really need.’  — Dalai Lama

Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes. — Eleanor Roosevelt

A nice person is a ‘yes’ person, whereas a good person is a person who accepts their responsibility in things and moves forward and tries to constantly evolve and isn’t afraid to say no or challenge someone or be honest or truthful. — Miranda Kerr

Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best. — John C. Maxwell

A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble. — Mahatma Gandhi

The oldest, shortest words – ‘yes’ and ‘no’ – are those which require the most thought.  — Pythagoras

Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the furthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness: a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say ‘no.’ But saying ‘yes’ begins things. Saying ‘yes’ is how things grow. — Stephen Colbert

Never say ‘no’ to adventures. Always say ‘yes’, otherwise you’ll lead a very dull life. — Ian Fleming

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. — e. e. cummings

Yes!  That last  quote is a nice segue to other pictures from yes-terday.

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Would you say “Yes!” to things that are almost funny?   What do you say “Yes!” to, here and now?

Yes! I love YesHere they are, when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame said “Yes” to them this year:

 

I always say “Yes!” to gratitude.  Thanks to all who helped me create today’s post and — yes! —  to you.  Yes, you!

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