Before Thanksgiving hit, I had a dream that I walked into a wisdom course. I woke up with the one question that had been posed to be during that session:
What would it be like if you thought everything you Accepted was Exceptional?
I woke up and thought: Damn. That was profound. Especially given the randomness of most of my dreams.
I then reflected upon the question.
Well if you thought everything you Accepted was Exceptional, then consequentially everything you didn't "accept" or "embrace" would be deemed ordinary.
Therefore, instead of saying: "I hate that kind of food. It's gross," you'd say: "That kind of food is just ordinary. It's not that it's bad -it's just not that exciting or exceptional to me."
But then, how would you apply that kind of thinking to tragedy? A boy was hit by a car. It's not "exceptional" or "amazing". It's tragic and a hard fact to accept. It also can't be called "ordinary" -because that would be an insult. Tragedy would be the one gray area this theory couldn't quite apply itself to.
Putting the "opposite theory" aside, the initial idea is quite profound. If you genuinely believed that the things you accepted/loved/embraced were Exceptional and the things you didn't weren't bad/evil/negative but just Boringly Ordinary -then you would enhance your life greatly by exemplifying that which you brought into your life as your own.
For instance: "I don't just like chocolate ice cream -it is exceptional to me."
But things like that can't just be said because the idea sounds nice. You HAVE to find a way to justify it. "Chocolate Ice Cream is Exceptional/Amazing to me because..."
-Because it involves the sense of taste -which is a blessing and a miracle endowed to living beings in and of itself
-Because chocolate tastes sweet to my pallet and brings me a sense of comfort and joy
-Because it can occasionally come with a cone -which I also enjoy eating
-Because it's a better flavor than vanilla (which is just Boring)
-Because it reminds me of fond childhood memories I enjoy recounting
Being asked to give reason for something being Exceptional really makes you see to the heart of why you like/enjoy/embrace/accept/love something. It makes you that much more appreciative and grateful for it. It also makes you more accepting and understanding towards things you don't like as much.