Quotes for
the Journey:

Control



The sun will set
without your assistance.

The Talmud

   letting go

Our tendency is to run from the painful realities or try to change them as soon as possible.  But cure without care makes us into rulers, controllers, manipulators.      -Henri J.M. Nouwen

   

Befriending life is less a matter of knowledge than a question of wisdom.  It is not about mastering life, controlling it or exerting our will over it, no matter how well intentioned our will may be.  Befriending life is more about harmlessness than it is about control.       -Rachel Naomi Remen

   
The control humans have secured over nature has far outrun their control over themselves.       -Ernest Jones
   

If you want to run the show, God will let you.  If you want to pull all the strings, thatís up to you.  If you want to insist that what you are doing is the way it should be done, even when you are not getting anywhere, go right ahead.  God will let you run yourself ragged, if you choose to do so.  Unfortunately, you may not always be aware that you are in Godís way. . . . God has no need to prove to you what God can do.       -Iyanla Vanzant

   

Ask not that events should happen as you will, but let your will be that events should happen as they do, and you shall have peace.       -Epictetus

    

Who overcome by force have overcome but half their foe.       -John Milton

  
Control is never achieved when sought after directly; it is the surprising result of letting go.     -James Arthur Ray

Remember this:  When the uncontrollable things or people in our lives are making us miserable, it is because we allow them to do that to us.  They canít keep us on that roller coaster if we decide to get off.  How do you get off?  By choice, by a decision of your will, by much prayer, and by the power of Godís Spirit within you.  It takes determination on your part, but if you donít let God supply the power, youíre not likely to be able to do it.        -Mary Whelchel
    
We don't want to give the controls to someone else; we want those reins ourselves.  We want to get our way.  And we get upset when things don't work out. . . . When we try to control someone else or events beyond the scope of our power, we lose.  When we learn to discern the difference between what we can change and what we can't, we usually have an easier time expressing our power in our lives.  Because we're not wasting all our energy using our power to change things we can't, we have a lot of energy left over to live our lives.        -Melody Beattie
    
It's funny, in a human kind of way, how we can convince ourselves that we're in control at the very moment we are beginning to lose it.     -William Moyers
  
Control in modern times requires more than force, more than law.  It requires that a population dangerously concentrated in cities and factories, whose lives are filled with cause for rebellion, be taught that all is right as it is.    -Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States
  
Probably the wisest words that were ever uttered to me.  Came from a therapist.  I was sitting in her office, crying my eyes out. . . and she said, "So let me get this straight.  You base your personal happiness on things entirely out of your control."     -Laura Munson, This Is Not the Story You Think It Is
  
You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select what clothes you're gonna wear every day.  This is a power you can cultivate.  If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind.  That's the only thing you should be trying to control.  Drop everything else but that.  Because if you can't learn to master your thinking, you're in deep trouble forever.     -Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
  
Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don't.     -Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
  
Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.     -Thomas ŗ Kempis
  
If you can't control your peanut butter, you can't expect to control your life.     -Bill Watterson, The Authoritative Calvin And Hobbes
  

  
We all want control.  We don't just want control over our own lives; we want control over everyone else's as well.  It would be so much better if everyone else would just be like us and do what they want them to do.
   "If only they would listen."
   "If only they wouldn't be so mean or foolish."
   We try anger, guilt, withdrawal, criticism--all methods of control to get them to fall in line.
   You may be able to get away with controlling children until they leave home or for as long as you pay the bills.  It's a contract:  I'll give you money if you let me have control.
   That might be okay with employees because you are in charge of their paychecks.  It's okay with pets because you provide the food and shelter.
   It's not okay with anyone else--friends or relatives:  You can tell them what you want, you can hope that they get the drift, but you have no control over what they do or say.
   When you get angry or hurt, check whether you're wishing you had control over someone.  Peace of mind requires you to let go of that desire.
   Choose acceptance over the illusion of control.
   Let go.  Choose peace.     -Jennifer James, Success Is the Quality of Your Journey
  
  
The only way to become less controlling is to see the advantages of doing so.  You have to see that you can still get your way when it's necessary, yet you will be less personally invested.  In other words, less will be riding on other people being, thinking, or behaving in a certain way.  This will translate into a far less stressful way of being in the world. . . . In addition, as you become less controlling, you'll be a lot easier to be around.  You can probably guess that most people don't like to be controlled.  It's a turnoff.  It creates resentment and adversarial relationships.  As you let go of your need to be so controlling, people will be more inclined to help you; they will want to see you succeed.  When people feel accepted for who they are rather than judged for who you think they should be, they will admire and respect you like never before.     -Richard Carlson, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff--100 of the Best
  
You must learn to let go.  Release the stress.  You were never in control anyway.     -Steve Maraboli
  
It seems to be a part of human nature for us to want to control situations in our lives and the lives of others.  After all, we want to be helpful, to help others by making sure that situations work out well for all involved.  And sometimes it seems to us that the only way that we can make things turn out okay is by taking over and controlling that situation ourselves.

I see parents do it with their kids in college:  by calling their kid every day and "checking in on them," they make their presence--and their expectations--constantly clear.  That's supposed to "motivate" the kid.  Other parents try to give advice on every topic under the sun to their kids, fully expecting the children to follow that advice to the letter.  This is called micromanaging, though, and it's usually more indicative of the parent's fear of failing the other person than it is of the kid's need for such constant input.

We simply fear being out of control.  We fear watching things and events spiral out of control, harming us and those people we love.  We fear facing a situation in which we have no control, and we fear situations reaching that point, so we try to "make sure" that nothing in our lives ever gets that far.

This fear, though, comes from a lack of confidence or faith in life and in God, whatever you perceive God to be.  Life has been going on for many, many years without our input, and it's been going along fine.  In fact, it seems clear that life has a harder time doing its thing the more we interfere with it.  We're not willing to let the river flow as it will--we want to make sure that we control the amount of water that's flowing, the direction in which it flows, and when it stops and starts flowing.  If we can do that, we can make sure that the river never will overflow its banks, and we can be sure that no one will be hurt by the river.

But the river's not under our control.  Our kids' lives aren't under our control.  My spouse's life isn't under my control, nor is my neighbor's nor my father's or mother's.  When I try to control them and fail at it--as I ultimately must--I'm building frustration and aggravation into my life as well as theirs.

It's admirable to want to save other people pain and suffering and aggravation.  But their lives are up to them, and it's not my responsibility to control them.  I can be there to help when I'm asked for help, but if I interfere without asking, I'm not doing anybody any good at all.

Trying to control life is a losing battle from the beginning.  It's important that we step back and see whether our influence (not control) may be helpful or useful in a given situation, but if we constantly try to make sure that everything turns out fine, we will fail time and time again.  Isn't it important to use our strength and power in situations in which we truly do have influence (in our jobs and relationships, for example, focused on our own actions) rather than in ways that are doomed to be wastes of that energy?

from http://www.livinglifefully.com 

   

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