When I was younger I thought I was a superhero. I believed I could change the world, right wrongs, and was in control of everything around me. Ha. With age comes humility. Now I know my limitations and have let go of a lot of things I realized are out my control—and it feels good.
I'm not saying I leave everything to chance, don't care anymore, or don't get bothered when I see something (or someone) that is in the wrong, but it's not the focus of my thoughts or actions any longer. If I see something I can change, fix, or improve in a minute or two, I'll do it.
Here is a list of things I know I can't control and another that I can. Knowing the difference makes a difference. THINGS NOT IN MY CONTROL
The past, the future, the weather, national politics, traffic or flight delays, prices, how tall I am, who I'm related to, how others feel, what others say or think about me, what others choose to do (or not do).
THINGS I CAN CONTROL
My effort, my attitude, what I focus on, what I say, what I think, how I treat people, how well I listen, my choices, what I eat, how I react and respond, how I see myself, my goals, and what I do (or don't do).