Question of the Day ~ December 11, 2013 ~ Surrender

From a perspective that we live in a Spiritual reality, what do you think it means to Surrender?

I hate using the word surrender.

I like Churchill’s 1941 Harrow speech – “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

It is good sense to accept reality as it is, and not to argue with it. Acceptance is powerful.

Some things take more accepting than others.
Science demands a discipline of acceptance that few master.

The nature of the spiritual reality that we live in has a very different aspect to it when viewed from the disciplines of science than from many of the older spiritual traditions. Many of the ancient truths hold still, yet what lies beneath them looks very different indeed.

I lay claim only to my own power of choice, and that I give it up to none.

Some may call giving up all other claims surrender, to me it is just “good sense”.

I do not have the power to determine outcomes, I have only the power to act.

I may choose to act with an outcome in mind, and that is a commitment, not an attachment.

I am only one dancer on a dance floor that contains billions of dancers.

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Hi Deb

Acknowledging all you wrote, I don’t classify any of it as surrender, it’s all just plain common sense to me.

There is zero point in arguing with reality – we loose when we try, 100% of the time. The trick in life seems to be learning where and how much we can bend reality to achieve our desires, without trying to get it to do anything it really cannot do (as distinct from the things that most people believe it cannot do).

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see
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