ZenView – Acceptance

By Mary Layton

Nobody is spared from tragedy. It is so difficult to accept but it is part of everyone’s life in some
way. As devastating as a tragic event may be, it certainly shakes us out of our comfort zone, out of going about our business as usual. I experienced this recently with the loss of a very dear friend. First there was the deep shock of finding out that her life had ended, that I would never see her again. I wondered how I could or how anyone could have controlled or prevented this tragic outcome. I was devastated and struggled to accept what had happened. How could such a lovely, so talented and wonderful human being be torn away from our midst? But as with all tragic events there are no easy answers. The funeral celebrated God and her life very beautifully. It helped me to accept what I cannot change. To let go.

As I surrendered to the idea I felt an unimaginable spaciousness, a larger dimension opening inside my mind. A tragic loss often propels people to wake up. We suddenly see the bigger picture. We may realize that we have been small minded, somewhat stingy with our time, our money and showing our love for people that truly matter to us. We suddenly get that there is so much to be grateful for. We wonder if we could be less controlling and fearful. What that would look and feel like. Life is unpredictable and goes by fast. I wonder if we might be able to give out our love for one another, express ourselves and engage more fully in our communities while we still can.

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.