October 14

“The wise man regards the reasons for all his actions, but not the results. The beginning is in our power; fortune decides the issue.” – Seneca

We like to imagine that we control a lot more than we do. We like to imagine that we will set out to complete a task and that we have control over how it turns out, the way it works, and the impact it has. Nothing could be further from the truth.

In reality, we control everything leading right up until other people, or any outside forces are involved. After that, factors we have no control over get involved and may very well end up ruining our project all together. At the very least, they are going to alter somehow. Almost nothing we set out to accomplish in this life is going to go exactly the way we planned it.

And that is acceptable so long as we understand that gong into every project we work on and every goal we try to accomplish. In fact, knowing that we are going to experience set backs that are not under our control helps us deal with them when they arise. We caqn also plan for the ones that we can think of and then we can be amused when things we didn’t plan for happen.

Because those are the only things we can control.

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