The writer Hugh Prather made this arresting statement: “Have you ever noticed that the moment you become unhappy is usually the moment you attempt to control another person?”
This reminds me: I was managing an orchestra, and two days before a concert a big storm dropped 2 feet of snow. The owner of the venue’s parking lot refused to commit to plowing the lot before the concert, … and he told me I had no right to have it plowed myself.
Have you ever thought of your life as a “practice”? Something you get better at every day, just by living?
The author Henry Drummond described the “practice” of life this way. He said, don’t quarrel about your lot in life, or complain about petty things or the people you have to live or work with. Don’t be perplexed or resentful…. because this is your “practice” And it’s causing something beautiful to grow in you.