I cannot control whether it rains today.
But I can bring an umbrella.
I cannot control how tired I am.
But I can go to bed an hour earlier tonight.
I cannot control how much I weigh.
But I can make better food choices and exercise today.
I cannot control whether you forgive me.
But I can apologize without reservation.
I cannot control how my teenager reacts.
But I can speak softly and deliberately.
Too often, I spend a lot of energy trying to dictate outcomes beyond my control.
Attempting to bend the people around me to my will.
To what I want to them to do.
This leads to frustration, anger.
On both our parts.
I am much better off when I accept the things that I cannot change.
And muster the courage necessary to change the things I can.