March 30th is unofficial “I am in Control” Day. I found out when I found out yesterday was Smoke and Mirrors Day.
When I first read that, I thought about my sobriety. Alcohol makes you believe you are in charge, but once the addiction takes hold, it has you. Part of gaining sobriety is developing routines. First, it is the smaller things, like brushing your teeth each night.
The other side of thinking about routine is realizing what you can’t control and making peace with that. For example, I can’t manage other people’s reactions, interactions, etc., and trying to is a losing endeavor. And it does waste a lot of time.
I Am In Control Of…
What is especially interesting about this being “I Am in Control” day is Marylanders received the notice that our governor issued a Stay At Home Order effective 8 pm tonight. Governor Hogan implemented the stay-at-home order to curb the spread of COVID.
Right now, no one knows much about this virus, only that the sick are overrunning our hospitals, as is the dead with our morgues.
So in this time of being not in control of many things in our lives, today is the day that we re-evaluate what it means to be in control.
When I wrote “take back control,” I did not mean to ignore the order to stay home. On the contrary, I agree with the order as a way to flatten the curve of this pandemic.
I mean to think about the things in your life that you can control when feeling very out of control. There are still a great many things that you can control in your world.
Start with the simple things. If you start feeling overwhelmed as you begin to think, pick the first one that comes to mind.
Or think of what you have always wanted to learn that you never had time for before. Learn a new language, perhaps? A new routine? A morning routine of coffee and a walk?
Today is your day to be your superhero.