Beyond Our Control

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Here is a profoundly enlightening advice for all of us out there who struggle with letting go control over every single aspect of our lives, and failing - over and over - to realize that some things are simply uncontrollable or unreachable:

'Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not. It is only after you have faced up to this fundamental rule and learned to distinguish between what you can and can’t control that inner tranquility and outer effectiveness become possible.

Within our control are our own opinions, aspirations, desires, and the things that repel us. These areas are quite rightly our concern, because they are directly subject to our influence. We always have a choice about the contents and character of our inner lives.

Outside our control, however, are such things as what kind of body we have, whether we’re born into wealth or strike it rich, how we are regarded by others, and our status in society. We must remember that those things are externals and are therefore not our concern. Trying to control or to change what we can’t only results in torment.

Remember: The things within our power are naturally at our disposal, free from any restraint or hindrance; but those things outside our power are weak, dependent, or determined by the whims and actions of others. Remember, too, that if you think that you have free rein over things that are naturally beyond your control, or if you attempt to adopt the affairs of others as your own, your pursuits will be thwarted and you will become a frustrated, anxious, and fault-finding person.'

Totally makes sense, doesn't it?

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(Quote from The Art of Living by Epictetus via 3191. Photo via Ju est foc)


Anonymous said...

I needed to read this today. Thx, Jill

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