1. I need to release and let God but as always I keep trying to tell Him how things need to be done. lol I know I can’t control people wearing masks or distancing but it drives me crazy when they won’t.

    • Hello Victoria. It’s so good to hear from you. And I’m right there with you. I think giving up the desire to control things is even more difficult than accepting that we don’t have control.

  2. Cindy

    I love this post.❤️ Kind of along these same lines my daughter has been watching a series that she really liked but the story line started causing her stress. She decided to quit watching because she jokingly said “she wasn’t mentally strong enough to take it.” I gave her kudos for doing something in her control, albeit small, to relieve any extra anxiety.

    • It’s a challenge for sure, Lydia. Just when I’m feeling all zen, the anxiety or discouragement creeps back in. But the deep breathing and conscious releasing does help. It’s definitely not “one and done” though. It’s over and over again…and thus the reason I posted this. Hang in there! ❤️

  3. I love this Christie. Your post is very powerful. I’ve been trying not to stress about what I can’t control but it’s difficult during these times. I found your post to be quite comforting

  4. Hi Christie, Your first two lines are the best advice! Simple, yet do what we can control and then just Breathe in, Breathe out. Funny how I need to hear this often. Your post brought tears to me eyes. Thank you! xx ❤️

    • I wrote this as much for myself as anyone, Natalie. I was feeling anxiety and discouragement sneaking back in. I had to acknowledge it, accept it, and then take a deep breath and let it go. I’m glad the reminder has also been helpful to others.

  5. Hi Christie – it’s so hard to let go sometimes isn’t it? To realize that we can’t control everything and we certainly can’t control others. I think one of the biggest lessons Midlife has taught me is to release stuff that’s out of my control and to worry about it less. Still getting there, but your post was another great reminder. Sending warm thoughts and hugs your way xx #MLSTL

    • Thank you Leanne. I feel those warm thoughts and hugs through your words. I have gotten much better at letting things go, but as you pointed out, it’s an ongoing learning process–not necessarily a “one and done.”

  6. Wonderful advice and important. I appreciate the rhythm, what I can’t do, what I can. Breathe in, Breathe out. Trust. In a time, right now, July 14th, when so much tension has built up, over this relatively simple task of wearing masks, this post is needed. Thank you! Michele

  7. Oh Christie, I needed this today! It could have been my words but I love the way you have captured the essence of letting go and trying to stop the circular notion of thoughts. I do hope things are going well and you are coping with it all. Thanks for your wise words. #mlstl

    • So glad I could help, Deb. I get trapped in my head once in awhile, and it really does help to shift attention to my breathing and then refocus my attention on those things within my control. Overall, my loved ones and I are doing remarkably well. I hope the same is true for you.

    • Ah, yes Denyse…big sigh. 😊 I’m working on truly accepting others just where they are. My sangha group has a motto of sorts, “Come as you are.” We accept you. We won’t try to fix you. Sometimes easier said than done. Still, a worthy goal, and one that I hope others will extend to me as well.

  8. Christine

    I do make an effort to change things for the better in my control or influence but sometimes I can’t and I have to let that go.

  9. You know Release is my WOTY… so of course I love this! My favorite is actually the first bit… I cannot make another person wear a mask…or wear a mask correctly! LOL. I went shopping today and mandatory masks does not mean people know how to wear them. I saw them pulled off to talk on the phone and not over the nose (a lot!). But I am quite thankful so many stores have gone to mandatory masks… I can’t control it, but they can!

    I’ve feel very often these days that every little thing is the straw that breaks the camel’s back…breathe in and breathe out is a reminder I definitely need. Stay safe.

    • So true, Pat! If masks weren’t so critical, it would be comical how I see them worn at times. I can relate to what you said about the straw that breaks the camel’s back. I have to consciously practice release a lot lately. I am very grateful for the mindfulness practice I’ve been doing for the last few years. It’s coming in handy now. 😊

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