Accepting the ‘As Is’ with Gratitude & Joy

There is a message I receive every time I travel to the IKEA store and visit the “As Is” department. I get a feeling that the Universe is telling me to open myself to the message the Swedish furniture store wants to share with the rest of the world.

Accept life “As Is,” it softly calls out to me. Don’t wish for something better or less costly than what is being offered at that very moment in time. Simply accept it and be grateful for the offering placed into my ever changing path of life. I need not wish for any more. I can be satisfied with the “As Is” when I tame the rooster inside of me who wants to strut in the yard always searching for something more, something else to feed its never-ending desires.


All such desires can be poisonous if I continue to constantly want more, to grasp more or to covet what has not been offered to me. By practicing the arts of gratitude and acceptance of what “is” in the moment, I can enjoy what I have and give thanks for being so blessed. I become a more fortunate being filled with the happiness God intended all of his creatures to enjoy.

To enjoy in this very moment. 

“As Is.”

And I can aspire to share the secret of my success with others by simply telling them to appreciate life “As Is” and want nothing more than the pure breath and awareness that tells you and me that we are alive and leading the purposeful life intended for us.

Enjoy it!

Treasure it!

Live it “as is!”

8 comments on “Accepting the ‘As Is’ with Gratitude & Joy

  1. I really like your writing style and messages. Thanks for sending the link. Here is a link to my blog


  2. nursebelva says:

    What an excellent message. My urges to want more need to be curbed.


    • contoveros says:

      I like that. “To curb oneself.” I remember seeing signs about curbing your dog. Now all I have to do is curved myself and I’ll be happier for it.

      Thanks Belva!


  3. That’s the ticket, Michael J. So simple we often miss it. Reminds me of the quote, “Life isn’t about having what we want. It’s about wanting what we have. Always be grateful.” Except maybe we the wanting part – I guess that could imply attachment. Hmmmmmm. Must find a better quote. xo


    • contoveros says:

      No better quote.

      There is a difference between wanting something and aspiring to be something. We all aspire to be enlightened. There is nothing wrong with that. I aspire to love and be compassionate to everyone.

      Especially such a great writing companion as you!


  4. What a wonderful message! Thanks to IKEA for the signage. Thanks to you for your very meaningful interpretation!!! 🙂


    • contoveros says:

      Thanks to you my good friend. I have missed you guys and look forward to seeing you next Tuesday at the Collegeville writing group.

      I am grateful that all of you writers have come into my life.

      Liked by 1 person

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