I had a conversation with a friend today about the power of the earth and its nature. As the human race, we think we are so powerful—that we have the potential to do anything, to control everything. But the truth is, everything we have worked for could end at any time. We have no control of the fate of our planet—the universe will continue as the universe does, taking no regard to our consciousness or our lives.
This is just as true, and possibly more important, on a small scale. Day to day we try to control things, yet so many things are uncontrollable. I find that the people that get the most stressed out are the ones that get worked up when things don’t go exactly their way. Life is not going to always go your way—but that doesn’t mean its not going the right way. There is a solution to every problem, and things will always work out in the end—even if it isn’t how you expected. I find it almost comforting, knowing that I can’t control everything. It is a lot easier to accept things that way.
Of course, sometimes I forget that I can’t control everything, and that is when life gets unnecessarily stressful.
Challenge #184, July 3, 2011: Take a lesson from nature—many things are beyond your control. Today, realize what you can control and what you can’t. Make sure to do your best in everything that you can control, and let go of the rest. Yellowstone might erupt tomorrow—you might as well be happy today.