The only thing that control can guarantee you is a lifetime of frustration. When we try to control people, it is out of fear. We are trying to prevent something that has not yet gone wrong from going wrong. When we trust that we’re okay no matter what circumstances come our way, we don’t need to manage the universe. We let go. And we open ourselves to all sorts of wonderful possibilities that aren’t there when we’re attached to one right path.
We create a tremendous amount of suffering for ourselves because we are not willing to get off our position of needing to control everything. But until we can see we are doing this, we will just keep doing it in more and more sophisticated ways. Prayer gives us the chance to pause long enough to blow the whistle on our own strategies. ~ Regina Sara Ryan (Praying Dangerously: Radical Reliance on God)~
Go with the flow more. Be spontaneous. Say yes to last minute plans. Let go of the need to always be right. Agree to disagree. Life is too short to try to make anyone do anything. Focus on your own happiness and be free!
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