If I learn to accept everything for what it is and simply go with the flow, does that mean that nothing needs to change?
Isn't the impetus for change a judgment that something is inadequate or wrong?
Can a balance be struck between acceptance and gratitude and the need for positive change?
Acceptance and gratitude lead to so many wonderful things. They decrease stress and anxiety. They improve mood and contentment.
Too much acceptance, however, could lead to complacency or apathy. If we simply accept everything as "that's just the way it is", don't we lose our responsibility and power?
Alternatively, constant change can be quite disruptive and unstable. Dissatisfaction with everything around us can lead to unhappiness and low self-esteem.
Perhaps this is another time we learn that everything should be done in moderation. Balance gratitude for what we have with gratitude for seeing opportunity for improvement. Balance acceptance of our failures with acceptance of responsibility over what we can control. Balance change with breathing and calm.
That said, if there is something you really want to be able to do (singing, crafting, writing, etc.), you are the only one standing in your way. I do not believe that talent is the only thing that makes people good at something.
If you have the passion, find the determination and the tools to make it happen. Make a choice.
Acceptance. Gratitude. Change.