The day has finished. We have spent today thinking of the following question:
Am I letting matters that are out of control stress me out?
This was a simple reflection to me. I break it down into the easiest terms for myself to remember.
Is there something bothering me that I cannot control? Are there things bothering me that I can control? In either case, I am the one who is in control of my emotions and how I react to those events.
In Meditations, Marcus Aurelius writes to himself:
“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
I cannot waste my time worrying about things that are outside of my control. If I have control over myself and the events, then I have the power to rectify or control the events. If I have control over myself and not the events, then I have power over myself to control the emotions I have regarding the events.
Either way, I am in control of myself.
How have we grown from this? Did we execute any differently today because of this? Do you feel that you have new tools to accomplish tomorrow?