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  • Writer's pictureKathleen Kerr

Steering Through the Storm: Mastering Control in Life's Uncertainties

In the ebb and flow of life, we often find ourselves caught in a tempest of unexpected challenges that can whisk us off our charted course, leaving us grappling for a lifeline of control. You're not alone if you've felt this tension—an innate tug-of-war between the desire for control and its elusive nature. This struggle isn't about power; it's a quest for a 'sense of control', a deep-seated yearning tied to our fundamental need for certainty.


Uncertainty, while necessary for injecting excitement and novelty into our lives, can quickly spiral into anxiety when changes crash upon us without warning or consent.


So, what's your strategy when the waves of change come crashing in? Many of us instinctively try to seize control, to steer the ship back on course. The greater the pressure, the stronger our urge to take the helm. And if others are aboard, we might even attempt to navigate their actions to align with our course. Yet, this struggle to influence external factors often leads to surrendering the very sense of control we're striving to maintain.


The key to navigating these stormy seas lies in the realization that there's only one element we can truly command—our response to the winds of change. Embracing control over our reactions is the beacon that guides us through the fog of anxiety, illuminating our capacity to assess situations with clarity and make informed decisions. When we anchor ourselves in this self-mastery, we don't just weather the storm; we chart a course through it.


Reinhold Niebuhr captured this empowering truth eloquently in his timeless invocation for serenity—a prayer that resonates with the mariner in each of us. It's a call for inner peace in accepting the unchangeable, bravery in altering what we can, and the insight to discern the two. Let's hoist our sails with this wisdom, navigating life's tumultuous oceans with a steady hand and a resilient heart.

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