Blog Post # 24 – The Things I Can

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.