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  • Clive Vanderwagen

There is power in acceptance...



I was invited to speak at the TEDx Riversdale event in October 2021. The theme was Silver Linings. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to speak about and decided to talk about some of the silver linings I have received in my life, especially around traumatic events.


While people may tell us to find meaning in trauma, my experience has been that this is unhelpful. What is more powerful is to accept what life throws at you and navigate it with strength and acceptance, rather than looking for its reason.


Here is a section of my TEDx talk, which can be found here: https://youtu.be/8SAZR6k-M-8.


There is power in acceptance. It's the precursor to letting go.