Monday Motivation:
I Can Only Do What I Can Do

Hey everyone.. Happy Monday!

As I write this, I am in a hotel room in the middle of New Jersey courtesy a broken down car.

All morning I have been fighting the rapid respiration and sense of dread until I realized…

I can only do what I can do. 

I have worked hard this year. Just like last year and the year before. 

I would love to say this was the year that every door opened and the blessings (and fortune) flowed. 

It was not. It was another year of building and anyone who has been in building mode knows that there are joys as well as disappointments. 

Related: Monday Motivation: Pieces of Peace

Anyway, back to the hotel room in the middle of Jersey.

While waiting on the tow truck which would then get the car to the garage and THEN diagnose the repair, I felt my chest tighten. 

I have things to do.. we have work to do on the new network we are launching and I am working on an online media training course.

The worry. The dread. I felt overwhelmed.

And then…

I stopped.

I remembered that I am one person. There are 24 hours in a day. Sometimes there are things that happen that are beyond my control.

I can’t managed those things but I can manage how I respond.

So.. I took a breath and surrendered to the things that are going to happen regardless of my worry.  

The car is going to need to be towed and fixed. 

My worrying is not going to change that. 

The work I need to do will be there; no amount of worrying is going to change that. 

Related: Change.. The Only Constant In Life 

Recognizing that, really more RELEASING that, freed me up. My breathing returned to normal my mind was not cluttered and I’m able to do the things I need to do. 

Worrying , especially about things I have no control over, steals my creativity AND my peace. 

Today’s little lesson reminded me that it’s not what happens but how I handle it that matters. 

How about you? How do you handle things that crop up in your daily life? Are you able to release what you can’t handle to focus on what you can?