February

Thoughts on Self-Control

There are some things in life that we can’t control. If you are like me then you want to be in control of everything and when you can’t it’s not a pretty sight. Of all my years of living (which is few or great depending on how you look at it), I have found that the one thing you can control is yourself. Self-control is important in a lot of the situations we find ourselves in.

The old adage: When life gives you lemons… is often quoted when people are in situations they never thought they’d be in. But the thing about this quote is it promotes optimism. Be optimistic about your outcome. What are you putting in to get a good outcome? Where is your sugar coming from to turn a sour situation into a sweet one? Typically, it’s what we put in will be what we get out of it.

I have a temper, but not a short fuse. Let me explain that a little. I can be really angry and unrelenting but it takes a while for me to get that way. That took years of practice, or mistakes, to truly understand that my reaction to a situation would help determine the outcome of the situation.

It’s so easy to talk the talk but walking the talk is harder. I can sit here on my keyboard and tell you that you should be more self-aware of how you handle situations but if I can’t prove that you if/when I meet you then it’s all a bunch of malarky. Self-control requires more thinking than it does an action. Are you a thinker or a doer? Do you let your emotions control the situation before your logical side has had a chance to assess the possible outcome?

I’d definitely like to think I was a thinker, but some situations put me in a position of action. I’m not proud of some of the things I have done out of anger and spite but it’s all a growing and glowing process. Finding the light within myself that helps me navigate the terrains of life are a tool that does not come easily. It’s almost like finding a Pikachu in Pokemon (!NERD ALERT!).

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