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Two Circles

I have many things to do this week, and I can either choose to conquer it or let it conquer me.

My default for a week like this is to take on too much of the outer circle and put it in the inner circle. Have I talked about the two circles before?

See, there are two circles. There’s a small circle and a large circle, the first being inside of the second. The small circle consists of what I am responsible for and what I can control. The outer circle is made up of everything else; the concerns and outcomes of the world in which I exist.

Simple enough, right?

Sure. when the sea is calm and there isn’t much to do. But when life starts to pick up and the train starts gaining speed, all of a sudden the circles become blurry. Things that I am not responsible for or are out of my control suddenly seem like they are mine to take on. At first it is quite a temptation to say yes to these grander things, because they make us feel big. Powerful. In charge. Accomplished.

But then this week knocks on my door and doesn’t even give me a chance to open it before it blasts right on through.

So I am going to declare this right here and now: I will not let this week have victory over me. I will do the best that I can with what I have, because God lets me get up in the morning. Everything else is out of my hands. If I disappoint someone, IT IS OK. My worth does not lie in anyone’s opinions. If my house gets dirty, IT IS OK. The house will get cleaned eventually. I will love my husband, my son, my neighbor and anyone else who is put in my path. All results are out of my control.

Are you like me? You might need to say this to yourself every minute of each day this week, and do that if you have to. Write it on a piece of paper and stick it on your steering wheel or bathroom mirror. And remember to breath.

Don’t spend your week being anxious. That’s an order.

(But I won’t be disappointed if you screw up and get stressed, so pull your panties outa your butt).