Challenge #184

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.

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9 Responses to Challenge #184

  1. Stef says:

    Amelia, you are truly wise beyond your years. I love your line, “Life is not going to always go your way—but that doesn’t mean its not going the right way.” So, so true. Here’s to the serenity prayer, and the second of the four noble truths. (http://www.thebigview.com/buddhism/fourtruths.html) 🙂

    • Thank you Stef! I have always taken the second noble truth a little more literally–that attachment to things bring suffering. But you’re right, it absolutely applies, perhaps even better, to the attachment of ideas or expectations.

      • Stef says:

        Ah, Buddhism actually believes that attachment to views (i.e., opinions, thoughts, etc.) is *much* more damaging than attachment to material possessions.

  2. Chris Howard says:

    That is so true and very well put. I definitely have a reason to put that into use today…thanks!

  3. Sy says:

    I’ve never heard of the four noble truths before, but I just scanned through them and they are absolutely the best argument against marriage that I have ever heard.

  4. Sy says:

    Stef I should go to your site more. I like when we talk, but nirvana I am not looking for or even thinking about. I don’t mind attachment to transient things, especially cars. Other POVs I love. that’s why I blog and besides that, do you know about those monks who embalm themselves while they’re living? Talk about walking the walk.

  5. Sy says:

    Good post Amelia, words to live by,

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