What do you do when about to be submerged for 6 months in a large steel tube and only have the boat’s crew for company? You can’t phone home, come to the rescue or do anything about all the events that will happen to the lives of those you love.
Such is the life of the submariner.
Why use this example? Well it defines the truth of what your reality is on a day-by-day basis; regardless if you’re in a submarine or not. We can only control the things we have control over.
Sounds obvious right?
You can’t control the weather, but you can choose what clothes you wear because of the weather. You cannot control what a politician says or does, but you can exercise your right to vote or lobby your officials.
You cannot do anything about the outbreak of the Coronavirus, but you can limit the spread by self-isolating or keeping a social distance. You can also choose to accept that you can only control the controllables.
You can also accept that whatever life throws at you, is all part of the plan, the process of your life.
The Stoics had a phrase for this; Amor Fati. Meaning, the love of fate. Accept that what happens to you maybe out of your control, but what you decide to do about it is always within your gift.