It's come up even more this week though with work and life and Lent. That's really the sticking point for me now. Lent 2016.
There are so many things I cannot control in my life. My metabolism, my family, friends, boys, my parish, plus a million and one other things. So I'm trying to discipline the things that I do have control over so I can more easily embrace the things I don't have control over.
- I can control what I put into my body and whether I exercise every day or not. I can do something about my health and about my attitude concerning health. This is going well ... I just need to keep my perspective.
- I can control whether I practice the piano every day - not whether I am naturally talented or not. I get so much joy from playing the piano - I can't believe I let it sit there in my living room collecting dust. Well, no longer!
- I can control whether I schedule Daily Mass into my calendar or not. Although life does get busy - and sometimes my day over takes me, I don't work in an emergency room whether things are life and death - I can take an hour to drive to Mass, be with Jesus, and drive home - and still eat lunch.
- I can control my attitude regarding my single state in life. I cannot control whether this boy wants to date me or that one wants to just talk on the phone or this one wants whatever... I can check my attitude and give it over to the Lord and ask him to "Let me what what He wants for me."
- I can control how I interact and relate to my family. I cannot control whether they speak to one another or not. I cannot fight their battles for them, but I can offer it up in prayer and ask the Holy Family to make my family holy.
- I can control whether I do a phone block every day to follow up on incoming leads and new prospects. I can control whether I follow up with customers and do what I say I will do. I cannot control whether they buy from me. I can improve my selling skills - I cannot force people to buy from me.
- I can control my attitude, my responses, my reactions, and my actions. I cannot control my feelings, other people's reactions or actions.
All of the things I cannot control I need to let go. I need to give up to the Lord - the only being who has this whole world in his mind all of the time. I can only do what I can do - and that is all I can do. I cannot control the world.
That's a hard statement for this Type A perfectionist to wrap her mind around, but I'm doing it one small discipline at a time this Lent and hopefully will be closer to the Lord because of it by Easter.
After typing, realizing there are 7 things I can control - so linking up with all the bloggers here.