To Control or Not to Control
The two things in life you are in total control over are your attitude
and effort. ~ Billy Cox
How is your world? Is your life flowing and are you moving through your day with ease? If you answered “yes,” I’m excited for you! And, I want to thank you for living your life that way as it is helpful to all those around you as well.
Then there are those of you that feel you have good days and some days that are not so good. I would also guess that some of you reading this don’t feel like anything works out for you and you struggle on many days. You may feel like pulling the covers over your head when the alarm goes off in the morning.
No matter how you feel each day, wherever you are living, you know that things are not as they use to be. Everything is different, changing in ways that are hard to describe, yet you know they are different. Often it is difficult to know how to get through what shows up for you in your daily life.
Many people believe they can control what is happening in their life. To a certain extent, I believe we create some or all of our life events and experiences. And yet, we can have something happen that we know we would never have created that throws us completely off our path! We immediately think “Where did that come from and why me?”
I had an experience last month that reminded me of this! I was feeling better than I ever have in my entire life. Yes, really, the best ever! I was eating healthy, exercising, sleeping well, my body was moving better than I had ever experienced. I just felt good on all levels of me. Then, boom! Out of nowhere, I got hit by a virus that knocked me flat on my back for a week!!!
It was then that I realized that I can’t control everything. I thought I was doing all the right things to be healthy and feel good. Then I get sick and I knew that, for whatever reason, some things are out of my control – they are uncontrollable.
You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you. ~ Brian Tracy
This illness reminded me that I can control my attitude about what is happening in any moment. My attitude is a “controllable” and that no one but me can control it. Regardless of what is happening in my life, I can choose a positive or negative attitude about it.
This experience also helped me see that a great deal of time and energy can be spent on things that are uncontrollable. I would rather devote my time and energy on something controllable than try to control and predict an outcome for an uncontrollable in my life. Letting go of what is uncontrollable is actually less stressful and very free-ing!
Are there things in your life that you feel you must control that really are uncontrollable? Take time to review the last week or month. See if there are some things that you can let go of that really are out of your control. Let them go and see if a burden is lifted from you that you no longer need to carry.
As things continue to change in your world, find ways to make life easier for you. Realize that you can let go of what is uncontrollable. Let go of what really doesn’t matter and focus on what does matter . . . YOU!
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