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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Control and No Control

There are some issues in life we have control over and there are some issues in life that we have little to no control over.

Soon leaders will decide our teaching/learning model for next year. The team submitted their ideas by voice and writing, and now we wait for leadership's decisions. Right now it's out of our control.

A relative is ill. I'm not a doctor. I have the control to be there, support my relative, pray, read and research about the condition, and do what doctors and nurses suggest. But I don't have much control with regard to the overall illness path.

Control and no control. Why is this an important consideration?

We often have the control factor of speaking up, reading/research, and trying out new ideas, and when we exert those actions we have the potential to impact decisions, events, and outcomes in positive, proactive ways.

Then there are times when it's out of our hands. We've done what we could and we await an outcome.

Of course, as much as possible, in matters both personal and professional, I think that most events profit from collaboration, shared leadership, and voice. When some are left out of the decision-making process, it's often the case that the decision isn't as powerful or engaging as possible. Yet, there will be those times when one person makes the decision and has the control and that's the best path, and there will be those times when control belongs to the mystery of life--that evasive equation (or randomness) that underlies all that we are and all that we do.