More about Control…

Seems I struck a chord with the last posting about “who’s in charge.”  I heard from so many of you in response, which I love!

Several quotes relating to control have come to my attention since then. It seems worth sharing them, so here they are.

From Sarah Manguso, quoted by O Magazine:

“You can’t learn anything from remembering. You can’t learn from guessing. You can learn only from moving forward at the rate you are moved, as brightness, into brightness.”

(Wow! As one who can be tempted to think back over things obsessively, I should have this one tattooed on my forehead. I like, too, the reminder that we are brightness, ever moving toward more brightness.)

By Carlos Castenada:

“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.”

(THE AMOUNT OF WORK IS THE SAME!!!! How true – so let me rededicate myself to the putting my energies into the happier side.)

Last, from Geneen Roth, in a poignant book with a quirky title, The Craggy Hole in my Heart and the Cat Who Fixed It:

“. . . There is no point in trying to get off the roller coaster and figure out how to work the controls, since there is no off and there are no controls. I could spend the rest of the ride throwing up, or I could stand up, wave my arms and have some fun. Either way, I will wind up at the same place.”

(Which is basically saying the same thing as Carlos Castenada. Okay, okay, so here’s to standing up, saying “Whee . . . ” and seeing what comes!)

I hope these speak as powerfully to you as they do to me, and that all of us take our brightness into a greater place of letting go . . .

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