The real meaning of “Embrace where you are”

Good Rules to FollowI found this image on Google+ today and I really like it, but something about point #5 really struck me. It struck me enough that I want to share my thoughts on it. It’s a lesson I’ve been forgetting, and I guess I needed this to remind and inspire me today.

5. Embrace the place where you are.

THis is great advice, but I find a lot of people misinterpret what this means. All too often, people assume that figuratively embracing the place where they are in their lives means to settle in where they are, love where their lives are at no matter how dysfunctional or damaging, and never change or grow or develop further. This couldn’t be further from the truth of the statement. Embracing where you are means accepting where you are at right now and the direction you are working towards, rather than letting where you are be an excuse to beat yourself up or wallow in negative emotions and thoughts.

You are where you are, whether because of choices you made in the past or trials thrown into your life, and you can’t snap your fingers and magically not be in the life you’re in. Embrace it and accept it for what it is. There’s lessons to learn and foundations to build. If you want something different, then do something different, but don’t just try to run away from your life; build a better one. Live in the here and now, day by day, but use that day by day to build the foundation of a better life. It will do no good to focus so hard on the future that you neglect taking the steps that are in front of you that are needed to make that future happen, jsut as it will do no good to live in the here and now if you do nothing with it but let it slip by and be wasted. Have a direction, have goals; but focus on what you can do right now, not on how far you have to go or where you aren’t yet.

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