I Talked ‘Till I Was Blue in The Face

blue in the face

I like this quote:

“Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.”

I used to worry about stuff I couldn’t control:

  • My sister is still using drugs.
  • My friend is drinking at 8am.
  • A close family member stopped talking to me and I don’t know why.
  • My nephew is getting tackled on a football field.
  • A cousin is engaged to the biggest loser.
  • My brother is riding a motorcycle without a helmet.
  • A 17-year-old student quit dance and high school and is making full-on adult choices.

We must acknowledge our lack of power when it comes to fixing the lives of others.

If you’ve already:

  • Lectured and shared your personal horror stories
  • Provided scientific proof
  • Attended 12-step meetings
  • Made threats and presented ultimatums
  • Organized interventions
  • Called the authorities, and
  • Talked till you were blue in the face, then perhaps it’s time to acknowledge that all you can do is be a good example (which never really feels like it’s good enough).

Bottom line: People do what they want to do.

Worry not, my friend. Try not to worry yourself blue.

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