Abraham Lincoln said:
“I claim not to have controlled events but confess plainly that events have controlled me!”
I must admit when I first read this I felt some negative splash back.
And when it hit me, I suddenly realized…
Lincoln was probably expressing his frustration when he made this claim and wouldn’t you know it, down it went in the history books.
However, nowhere have I ever seen it written that Lincoln ever just gave up.
Nor does history ever show that Lincoln addressed the situation lying down or sitting on his hands.
At least, not for long.
So shall we not!
It’s a fact that we cannot control everything, especially few of the events that happen outside of ourselves.
Circumstances involving other people, nature, war, time, and other unforeseen occurrences are frustrating to say the least.
Events (or the lack of) many of us are struggling to get a handle on right now with this pandemic proves that.
Frustrated though we might be, we can use this energy to control those things in our own personal space that we alone have dominion over.
Self-care for instance.
Things in our lives that we can choose to control are not outside ourselves. Check mark please!
Isn’t it time to ask yourself: “What are those signals for me?”
Maybe like Lincoln we just need to confess what events we feel we can’t control outside & inside of ourselves.
Don’t sit on your hands.
Claim your inner messages. Face up to what they are. Acknowledge them. Accept how they affect you.
Then move into a place where we can act on what is most known to us personally, what might just make our inside worlds a safer place to grow, which in turn might give us a modicum of mental control to better deal with an often uncertain outer world.
I confess. I like it!
What about you?