Happy Monday Everyone!
I think this week's topic is currently relevant to so many of us, it's the idea that circumstances are outside of our control. This idea is most clear right now, in these uncertain times. You cannot control a circumstance. What you can control is how you respond. In the case of the world right now; you cannot control the fact that restaurants are closing, you can't control the disease spreading but you can control the protective measures you take for yourself and your community. This is an extreme example but hopefully helps get the point across. In other situations it might look like; you can't control losing your job, but you can control your response. You can either pull yourself up and go find another job or you can sit and wallow. Only one of those options will fix your circumstances. It doesn't serve you to be angry with the circumstances, they won't change. What you can do is feel that anger, let it run through you and then channel it into appropriate action.
Now, let's take it one step further; you cannot control people. Another person has their own autonomy, their own choices. You can't decide things for them, as hard as that may be. Giving yourself autonomy means giving others their autonomy as well. You can't make someone do something or decide a certain way, you might try to influence someone but I guarantee they will find the choice that suits them in the end, it might take a lot longer because they went down their "wrong" path but they will eventually find their "right" path.
Remember, you can only control yourself, you cannot control circumstances or people.
Stay safe out there!