There’s a lot in this life that seems out of my control. I could easily spend my time in frustration, whining about and bemoaning those things (while making everyone around me miserable)… but instead, I’m trying to take responsibility and ownership of whatever I can control.
- I can’t control who becomes our next president, but I can vote and encourage others to do the same.
- I can’t control what time my kids wake up in the morning (oh, how I’ve tried!), but I can get to bed at a decent time so I’m ready to rock and roll when they are (or something like that).
- I can’t control grocery prices, but I can be more vigilant about my shopping practices and meal preparation to get the best deals and keep our bill as low as possible.
- I can’t control the weather, but I can rearrange my schedule so we can enjoy every possible minute outside before the nasty cold sets in. I can also make the most of our time inside with fun projects for the kids.
- I can’t control the economy (which is too bad for all of us, because let me tell ya… I have a plan!) but I can react to it appropriately and ride the roller coaster. “After all, the only way to get hurt on a roller coaster is to jump off.” ;-) (Got that from Dave.) Check out Dave’s take on the economy. He is so right on!
- I can’t control my husband’s teaching income, but I can carefully steward it and stretch it to meet our needs.
- I can’t control everything my daughter is learning (the good, the bad, and the ugly) at school, but I can be an advocate for her education. And… if it’s really an issue, I could homeschool. There are always options more positive than complaining (or doing nothing).
- I can’t control our health insurance costs (don’t get me started), but I can do my best to keep my family healthy by preparing nutrient rich foods, exercising with the kids, making sure we all get enough sleep, and keeping germs at bay.
- I can’t control how busy we are… oh, wait! Sure I can! Ever heard of saying NO?!? (I know, I know, that doesn’t work in every situation, but we are all gifted with the same 24 hours in a day…)
I can’t fix all, cure all, mend all, be all… so I’ll just control what I can control. It works for me.