A recent study found that 14% of people get overwhelmed by circumstances out of their control. And I'm raising my hand. ME ME ME!
Last Tuesday was a day of circumstances I could not control. And this lack of control definitely impacted my feelings. I began to sense frustration and impatience rising.
We were trying to get to a weeknight concert on time and nothing went right. My husband couldn't leave the office as early as he had hoped. Traffic was backed up. And the directions Google gave us were wrong causing us to drive 20 miles out of the way, only to turn around and come back.
Meanwhile, the parking lots at the venue were filling up and we were destined for this grassy overflow area about a mile away. It seemed like that which we had planned for months before was more of a last minute afterthought. Things were not going the way I'd hoped. AT ALL.
As I felt these feelings of frustration and impatience rose an inner voice reminded me of the Facebook Live teaching I'd done earlier, that SAME DAY. I spoke on how while we can't control our circumstances, we can control our response.
UGH! Talk about having to EAT your words. Here I was chewing on frustration and impatience, and just before I partnered with those emotions to say something unkind, I'm reminded of what I can control. ME.
So, I made a choice. I followed my own advice:
And then, we hiked the full mile, UP HILL, from where we parked refusing to let things we cannot control rob us of our joy.
Are there circumstances you cannot control happening in your life? Check out my FB Live teaching below. Try the simple exercise I share, see what impact it has on how you respond and let me know how it works for you in the comments below.
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Find that voice inside that responds to all your circumstances with confident boldness, that voice that sends packing all the doubts, fears, anxieties, and worries; and that voice that stops the chaos from spinning. How do you roar like that? Find out how in Cherlyn's new book Roar Back: Transforming Struggles Into Strength.