‘Control’ seems to be a buzz word at the moment, both in the media and on the lips of many. It’s a double edged sword. Some view control as necessary in order to prevent chaos and anarchy from holding sway. Others view it as a means of restricting individual liberties and freedoms. I’m somewhere in between and my views on it can edge along the spectrum depending on my individual circumstances at any given time.
Much of what happens in the world today is beyond my control but I can control what comes out of my mouth and the actions I take. I can bite my lip and swallow down the harsh words on my tongue just as I can control the decisions I make and subsequent actions. I can control whether I am kind or cruel, generous or mean, forgiving or unforgiving. I can control who I am and where I’m going. I am the master of my own ship, be the seas rocky or calm.
When we lose control we can let ourselves and others down. Many people, as I see it, are losing control at the minute. They are losing control of their emotions and tempers, irrespective of what side of the political coin they are on or their views on the ongoing global pandemic. By trying, in their minds, to wrestle control back from whoever or whatever, they are succumbing to their baser instincts. If having control is bullying or ranting on social media then frankly they are welcome to it thank you very much.
We are entitled to our opinions but there is a line in the sand that many cross, either knowingly or unknowingly. In their efforts to wrestle control back from the (insert where applicable) they lose control of themselves. And when they do that they lose a little of the integrity and decency we should all take for granted in each other. Emotions are taut and tensions high in today’s world but, please, don’t lose sight of the good in yourself and others. Stay in control.