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RCASA’s Tuesdays with Traci: Control

In Sexual Assault Awareness on March 9, 2010 at 9:00 am

Many of us have been trying to keep the whole world in orbit with sheer and forceful application of mental energy.

What happens if we let go, if we stop trying to keep the world orbiting and just let it whirl? It’ll keep right on whirling. It’ll stay right on track with no help from us. And we’ll be free and relaxed enough to enjoy our place on it.

Control is an illusion, especially the kind of control we’ve been trying to exert. In fact, controlling gives other people and events control over us. Whatever we try to control does have control over us and our life.

I have given control to many things and people in my life. I have never gotten the results I wanted from controlling or trying to control other people. What I received for my efforts is an unmanageable life, whether that unmanageability was inside me or in external events.

Today, we make a trade-off. We trade a life that we have tried to control, and we receive in return something better– a life that is manageable.

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