Out of control

Control is an illusion.

There is very little we have actual control over. We fool ourselves into believing that we are “in control” or “have control” of a given situation. What we actually do is try to increase the chances that things will go the way we want them to, or decrease the chances they will not. But there are so many “x factors” in our world, environment, bodies, minds, communities, etc. that directly impact us, that it is, or at least seems, nigh impossible to truly ensure any particular outcome or condition.

Control has been an issue in my life for as long as I can remember.

I prefer to have it.

I rarely do.

It’s frustrating.

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5 Responses to Out of control

  1. Tony D says:

    I like the simplicity of the Serenity Prayer used in 12 step groups. I noticed that frustration comes from trying to control what we cannot rather than working to change what we can, and knowing the difference. As a Stoic and an Existentialist, I try to embrace change and chaos as much as it presents itself, while controlling the things I have power over so that I am better equipped to deal with the change and chaos!

  2. D@vid says:

    If only control were as easy to give up as my virginity…. that, I left in a Red Roof in off I-95… I’m clinging on to my control for dear life

  3. Raybeard says:

    You’ve encapsulated a truism.

  4. Urspo says:

    The gods like to punish people who want to go for the folly of control. They/karma causes a lot of ‘out of control’ hopefully enough to get them slapped into the sensible conclusion ‘control’ is quite inflated and rather not necessary anyway.

  5. jayinva says:

    True dat. I long for control. My problem is the things I seem to be able to control aren’t very good for me!
    Peace ❤

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