Tonight while meditating, I starting thinking about some of the great things that I have done. {That’s not to say that age 55, that I haven’t done my fair share of terrible things as well.} But I was thinking of things like overcoming the odds, saving lives, making lots of money and marrying the most beautiful woman in the world. While those are impressive, I came to the conclusion that the greatest thing I’ve ever done, was making peace with the unfair. Let me explain.

I have long since engaged in meditation. I’ve been very good at detachment. It is next to impossible to take me out of my Zen-ness. {My word for being Zen AF.} But being at peace with the things that are unfair, has literally added years to my life. That, I am convinced of. Having the ability to simply move on has been freeing. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t idly sit by when I see an injustice. I do however, accept that life can and will be unfair a great many times. And I’m cool with that. That person that I am today, rose from the very ashes that burned my life down. How badass is that?

There are 5 stages to grief and loss. {Google them if you don’t know.} At the end of the spectrum is acceptance. Maybe because I was a crisis counselor for 20 years, or maybe it’s because I’ve been meditating the majority of my life, but I have always been pretty good at moving through the 5 stages in rapid speed. It’s not that I’m trying to circumnavigate these feelings. I think I just conditioned myself to the fact that life is beautiful, despite at times being unjust. There is an old proverb that I love. It goes like this-

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”― Lao Tzu

Holding onto the things that are unfair, only increases their power. Acceptance diminishes it. There is a peace that comes from being at peace with all that is unfair. It makes you look at things in a different light. You begin to honor what is really important. I cannot stress this enough. All that we take with us, is all that we hold onto. I hold onto love. I hold onto peace. Do I sometimes let the unfairness of the world get to me? Sure, it happens. But you can believe that I drop it like a hot coal because I understand this one principle. You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.- Buddha {Mic drop!}


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Vance Larson


I am a retired crisis counselor of 20 years who has spent the last decade working as both a Life…

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