MARCH 27, 2024

Sometimes, we are presented with things in life beyond our control. In truth, anything outside “our hoola hoop” is beyond our control.  It can be frustrating, but ultimately, we have two choices: 1. We can ask ourselves if we have done everything in our control and if so, 2. We can surrender it to God and accept whatever the outcome may be.

This is true in every aspect of life. It is true when someone we love is sick, when we are seeking employment, when a loved one is deep in addictive behavior, and when an animal or person we love has died.  It is also true in situations such as being stuck in traffic, the weather not fitting in our plans, or standing in a lane for ten and under when the person in front of us clearly has at least 20. 

The point is that whether our issues are minor or major, the truth is the same—we cannot control people, places, or things. The only thing we can control is how we react to difficulty.  Remembering that can make life less stressful and give a feeling of peace in the middle of a challenge.

Life is life, and it is not always easy. However, how we get through the challenges is always up to us, and the choice of how we deal with them is always in our control. It can be summed up in two words: surrender and acceptance. It is simple but not always easy. And because it is not easy, we are given a multitude of situations in which to practice continually.

Quote of the Week

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

John Wooden

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