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What I cannot control…


I read an article called “Am I spending too much time on Gravity Issues?” that the client I work for published and it struck a cord with me.

This is an excerpt from the article…

One of the questions it started with was what’s one of the quickest ways for people’s moods to go down hill?  Thinking about things that are irritating and bothersome.   Do you ever find yourself irritated and bothered over things over which you have no control?  The economy, the weather, market conditions, paying taxes, traffic, things that have already happened, etc.

These examples are “gravity issues.”  Gravity, in the physical sense, exerts pounds of pressure on us every minute of every day.  It can cause us to lose our balance and makes it harder to get out of bed or climb stairs.

Why don’t we complain about it?

Because it is a given—it’s simply “the way it is.”  A gravity issue is anything over which we have little or no control in the near term. Complaining about gravity issues wastes time and energy because there’s nothing we can do about them.

So how do we best maintain our energy?

Consider the Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr:

“…grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Do you ever have gravity issues with people?

“Grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the person I can, and the wisdom to know it’s me.”

Keep in mind that gravity issues are always with us.  As you become more aware of the impact of your gravity issues, you have a choice of where you spend your time and energy.

I would love to hear what your thoughts are on this…

 

2 thoughts on “What I cannot control…

  1. Love your article on Gravity Issues, particularly your shift from “things I cannot change” to “people I cannot change” and “the wisdom to know [I can only change] me”. While I’ve always been a fan of your decorating, maybe you should try the life guru business, too! 🙂

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