"If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude." - Maya Angelou
I’m a recovering control freak. Okay, okay….let’s be honest here, I’m still a work in progress.
I thrive in order, planning and organization, but let’s be real, perfection doesn’t exist, so there are many days where bumps in the road dismantle my perfect plans.
There are also days where I’ve worked out, journaled and listened to all the worship music only to meet a rude person and have their vibes try to steal my joy.
What do you do when your plans fall through? How do you react when rude people cross your path?
It’s not easy, is it? However, did you know we can still have control in situations that are out of our control? Yep, that’s right. So, if you are a control freak like me, you still have power to control something, and that is YOU my friend.
We’ve heard the saying, “You can’t control anything or anyone, but you can control your actions and your attitude.”
Sure, that sounds simple enough, but it’s hard as heck – well, at least for me it can be.
A week ago I was running on little sleep and I was experiencing a sudden surge in anxiety. All I wanted to do was lay in bed and give in to the tiredness. And I did exactly that. I grabbed my blanket, turned on Netflix and laid down. Three seconds later, that little voice reminded me of what I try to teach my daughter: “You can only control your actions and YOUR attitude.”
Please little voice go away!
It stayed there and it reminded me how our kids don’t always listen to what we say, they listen to what we do. So, I got up, folded the blanket, and turned on my Tone It Up app and worked out.
You see working out helps me battle my anxiety. "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't…. (you know the rest). – Elle Woods
After 30 minutes of lifting weights, crunches, and squats, I was back to myself and was even dare I say – cheerful!?
I know exercising isn’t a solution to everyone, but for me, it’s a big tool I use to help me especially in moments like the one I experienced that day.
Today, I want to remind you that you are in control of your actions and YOUR attitude. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but maybe just by reading this, you’ll have that little voice in your ear the next time you want to be mean or give in to the struggle.
Maybe it means stepping out for a walk (which by the way is so helpful).Maybe it means turning on your favorite song and singing out loud, so you forget that which was bothering you. Have a dance party in your kitchen or head over to Target to walk the aisles to destress your mind. Whatever works for you friend!
Cheering you on always….
Your friend and fellow dreamer,