“If you can’t control it, let it go.”
That’s my favourite zen saying.
Letting go of control is a challenge. It requires a lot of practice. The truth is that life is unstable and it’s impossible to control what’s going to happen. Sometimes we have the false impression that we are in control but the truth is we are not. Life is unpredictable and anything can happen anytime, good or bad.
We can’t control other people and we can’t control the outcome of situations so we have to stop trying or we will only get frustrated and disappointed.
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature…Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
If we accept the way things are, we can find peace.
That doesn’t mean we should settle for less in life. If there’s something you can do to change a bad situation or make things better, do it. If there’s nothing you can do at the moment, let go.