Photo by rikahiAh, how we long to control. Even when we know better, we sometimes repeat the same mistakes over and over again. I was moved by this piece “A Slow Surrender To Winter,” where the author talks about trying to save a praying mantis from the encroaching cold.

There is often a childlike quality to decisions like these, a hopeful refusal that may go against our learned experience. How do we balance this, the desire to salvage and connect, with the wisdom of experience?

Acceptance is, I think, the answer. Then we can hold both truths simultaneously, our all-too-human urge to protect against change and death and the hard-won wisdom that teaches us to let go.