Relinquishing Control

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Newsflash: Control is an illusion. I don’t mean to deflate your balloon but the truth be told, YOU can’t control time, others, or circumstances. You can try. It will lead to misery and frustration. The only thing you can control is your own attitudes, responses, behaviors and choices.

There, now. Feel better? I just spared you a lifetime of aggravation in one sentence. It only took me about twenty plus years to learn this little nugget, so I suggest you heed my age over your beauty, youngin. I f you are older than me, well, you already know this as well. Tell the younger folks, will you?


A Practical Tip: One thing within your realm of control IS your menu! Speaking of menu planning, do you do it? I have a friend who is fastidious about this…I am not that good, but I do note in my week, the meal plan for dinner. It is the one meal our family shares together consistently. I am blessed to have a hub that cooks but he works hard and appreciates when I relieve him of this joyous duty occasionally. I am working on doing better and incorporating it into my planning. I am sharing a link with some free  menu planning printables to explore. But remember, pen and paper is all you need to plan anything! Keep it as simple as need be to get the job done. One of my favorite “planner people” Jenny Penton, does this in a simple, thoughtful way regularly.

Quotes to Ponder:   

“The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.”  Viktor E. Frankl

“All things, whether good or bad, are a part of God’s work in our lives. He is using each circumstance, each person, each experience, to mold us ans shape us into the person He would have us to be.” ~ Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock

A  Prayer for  Today:  Lord, I confess I am a odds at times with your timetable, your ways. Forgive me, Lord for my lack of patience and understanding. Forgive me that I want my way too often. Lord, You said that You are The Way. Although I plan my days and trust too often my own ways, I ask and trust that You will lead and guide me by your faithfulness to the path you have for me. Thank you that You are Faithful and True. A Comfort and Confidante,  a Friend and a Fearless Leader. You, Lord are worthy of all praise, and I bow my knee and heart to you, Jesus. Amen.


This is Day 14 of the series Planning with Purpose: 31 Days of Planner Tips

I wrote an INTRO POST here explaining everything!

I have also made designated a PAGE for it. Hope this makes it easy. I am happy to tackle a topic, or issue with regard to your planner habits.

Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me. 

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I pray this series is a blessing to you. 



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Dawn Paoletta is a life enthusiast who loves to juggle words, chug coffee, and journal excessively. You can find her gathering stones on the beach most mornings. She enjoys hanging out with her hubby, daughter and family pets in Narragansett, RI and shares her passion, poetry and prose @Enthusiastically, Dawn.

5 thoughts on “Relinquishing Control

  1. Dawn: This relinquishing control was best said in a book,The Spirit Filled Life, I read by Dr. Charles Stanley. He said he had to learn to be neutral. By that, he meant he had to turn thoughts and ideas over to the Holy Spirit and wait for Him to act. I am trying this with a few areas of my life.

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  2. My husband said he learned to cook, because he likes to eat! I thnk that we married Ren men, Dawn. I always call Michael my Renaissance Man. He can do ANYTHING! ……AND DO IT WELL!


  3. I love the Scripture that God directs our path…it’s so freeing to admit I am powerless and can’t control life…menu planning…I used to do that but now it’s just the two of us most of the time so it’s harder…I have found some cookbooks about cooking for two…I need plan a date with my cookbooks…this is great time of year to be in the kitchen…loved Jenny’s baking day!


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