My Foolish Attempts at Control
“My Foolish Attempts at Control” was written by guest contributor, Babajide Faseyi.
Throughout my life, I’ve tried to control my life. I’ve tried to control who my friends would be, I’ve tried to control the career I would end up in. I’ve tried to control so many things about my life.
Even in this moment now, I still see myself trying to control my life. I’m trying to control the next thing I should write. I’m trying to control how you should feel as you read this and at some point. I even thought I could control the basketball game I was watching last night.
But if I were to keep a score of every time I’ve tried to control my life, and I saw the results on a piece of paper, I don’t think I would have even the slightest interest in controlling my life anymore. Because I would see that life just doesn’t work that way.
But I haven’t yet kept a true score. I only look in my memory from time to time and I see what worked and what didn’t. I haven’t yet seen on a piece of paper written down: 9 out of the last 10 times you’ve tried to control your life, 9 times your attempts at control have not worked.
And while I haven’t yet kept a true score, I can still see the outcomes of my attempts at control. I can still see that life doesn’t work by my forceful attempts at control.
The truth is, I wouldn’t like for life to work that way. Till this day, I can see that the best things that happened to me were the things that came into the flow of my life without my own conscious control.
Are you living consciously?
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About the Author: My name is Babajide Faseyi. I was born and raised in Nigeria and then moved to the United States for college at the age of 19. In my 20’s, I became acutely aware that there was more to life than I had been taught and this led me to a deep search. I read voraciously. After a period of disillusionment with not having an outlet for the creativity that I felt within myself, I encountered Eckhart Tolle’s book, The Power of Now. And thus, the journey of knowing who I truly am and the discovery of what I have to offer creatively began. The links to my facebook pages where my writings are posted are –facebook.com/bababajide and facebook.com/babajideinc.