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7/30/2004
5. The Principle of Acceptance
At tonight's weekly meeting, we returned to the Principles of Valid Action:
If day and night, summer and winter are fine with you, you have surpassed the contradictions.
I shared two experiences dealing with airplanes, seperated by over 5 years. In the first, coming back from Chile to Chicago in 1999 I was an emotional wreck over a possible bump off an overbooked flight. In the second, returning to Ghana from Liberia in April of this year, I was in a much more calm space as my flight was delayed, then cancelled. I returned to the city and tried to plan on what happens if I thus missed my flight to Chicago the next evening. Sure, there was some anxiety, but generally, it was pretty calm for me. I can't change it.

Gerry wondered how much "acceptance" is limiting problem solving in new and creative ways.

Would you care to share your experiences on this principle?