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Simple Grace - - Mood Index -

“Dear Lord, no mat­ter how hard I try to play nice with oth­ers, I in­sist on tak­ing con­trol of ev­ery sit­u­a­tion I’m in. I fought tooth and nail with my hus­band to have the fi­nal say in the new car we just got. Then I steam­rolled so badly over my sis­ter’s plans for our mom’s up­com­ing Mother’s Day brunch that she told me to throw it my­self. I can’t even sur­ren­der on mi­nor things: If I’m out­voted by my fam­ily and have to watch a movie I haven’t cho­sen, I sulk about the bet­ter one I’m miss­ing. As for re­ally ma­jor things, I feel guilty when­ever I hear peo­ple talk about let­ting You ‘take the wheel’ in their life. The mere thought of let­ting any­one—even You!—take over makes me so anx­ious that I want to hold on to things even tighter. I know that sounds ter­ri­ble, and I want to let go of my in­ner con­trol freak. I just don’t know where to start.”

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