When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves. - Viktor E. FranklThere are some things I can't control. (Don't tell my husband that I admitted this to you!)
- I can't control the derecho that we - and one million other people - experienced last week.
- I can't control my daughter's nightmares.
- I can't control that my husband's dear friend just died from lung cancer at the tender age of 54.
I just finished the first chapter of Wrecked, an upcoming book by Jeff Goins and was reminded of the importance of humility - acknowledging our limitations and putting others first.
The good news is that while you (and I) CANNOT control what happens in the world, WE CAN control how we respond to the poison arrows.
I am testing my compassion muscle. I aspire to be the calm in the storm and shelter others. It is not easy. It is painful and unnatural to turn the other cheek. And, I'm convinced, it is the only way to live.