Jeremy Statton

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Tomorrow is uncertain.
Yesterday is done.
The only thing we have is today.
This moment.


These circumstances, whether wanted or not.
These people, whether rich or poor. Whether ugly or beautiful.
This task, whether easy or hard.
These decisions. These steps. This path.

Despite our riches, we possess very little. But we do have this opportunity.

Now, what will you do with what you do have?

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About Jeremy Statton

Jeremy is a writer and an orthopedic surgeon. When not ridding the world of pain, he helps you live a better story. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook or Google +.

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11 Replies

  1. lhoenigsberg

    Hi Jeremy. I am a psychotherapist and certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. One of the core beliefs I teach is something called “Radical Acceptance,” and you hit the nail on the head with your post in regards to it. I try to instill in others that whatever is happening in their lives, fighting against it increases suffering and keeps them from thinking and making rational and wise decisions. Accepting it, and looking for wisdom, decreases their suffering. As a Christian, of course I add that praying about it is the first step. Thanks for your thoughts on this!

  2. Despite our riches we possess very little. Wow – you just cut threw a lot with that statement. We definitely trade-off quite a bit don’t we? And if we’re not careful, we’re left with a bunch of nothing. Thanks for the reminder of the right here, right now.

    I’m going to share more…

  3. I don’t know what dialectical behavior therapy is but it sounds good. I think some struggle with the idea of acceptance because it makes them feel they are giving up. What do you tell those people?

  4. lhoenigsberg

    Hi Jeremy. As a DBT therapist, I teach that acceptance is not approving of something…it is not making it worse. A lot of my clients have rigid, black or white, either/or thinking patterns. Therapy helps them move from either side to a more balanced, middle view. Some clients (and me, for that matter) will enter a situation and think, “this is horrible…too much…I can’t take this…etc.” A dialectic view would be, “ok…this is happening. I don’t approve of it but I will accept it for now. It takes skill to know when you can change something and when you just need to figure out how to survive it. My clients tend to be highly emotional dysregulated and have unrelenting crises. That’s where acceptance comes in to play. It’s almost like the prayer of St. Francis…accepting those things I cannot change, changing those things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

  5. Today, I choose to live. Thanks Jeremy for the concise and pungent message.

  6. I will give it all I’ve got.

  7. Thanks for your vote of confidence. Some days I do doubt that I’ll give it everything.

  8. This is great, Jeremy. Our Pastor always tells the story of his father’s conversation with God before making the decision to completely change the direction of our church from being comfortable to a grace filled community. He felt God saying “At the end of your life, I am not going to ask how comfortable you and your people were. I’m going to ask you – What did you do with what I gave you?”
    I love being reminded of that because I think it’s what God wants from us too. What are we doing with what he gave us? I’m wrestling with that right now and making some big decisions. However, I choose to see each day as a gift. One to treasure and one to impact people right where I am.

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