It commemorates the date in 1981 when Secretary of State Alexander Haig said, “I am in control here,” in response to an interview regarding the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.
Take control. Put your foot down. Show people you mean business.
Well, how in the world can I do that, you ask? Let’s start with the outside stuff.
1. Make sure your clocks are set accurately.
2. Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors, flashlights, remotes, clocks.
3. Fix those dumb things in your life that you tend to ignore – the burnt out lightbulb in the closet, the loose doorknob in the garage, the broken tile in the kitchen, the non-working blinker on your car.
4. Make appointments for those things you neglect – the dentist, the financial planner, the mammogram.
5. Organize those little places that never get organized – the medicine cabinet, the glove box, the junk drawer.
6. Call the people who are important to you and schedule time to see them. It doesn’t need to be a 10-day vacation together. Everyone eats dinner. Eat at the same place.
7. Finish this list. Only you know what things in your life need attention.
Now, let’s move on to inside stuff.
1. People can insult, belittle, upset, offend you ONLY if you allow them to. Their actions and words say a lot more about them than about you. You are an amazing child of the universe and you ROCK! Blow it off, let it go, pay no attention.
2. If there is something bothering you, fix it. Do you need to apologize? Do it. Do you need to set some boundaries? Set them. (Realize you’ll probably need to set them over and over because not everyone will like your new rules, but they’ll get used to it. Stick to your guns. You’re in control, remember?)
3. If you can’t fix it, search your soul to find a way to be at peace with it. People live happy lives despite their circumstances. Be one of those people.
4. Only you know what number 4 is. Do that.
It’s YOUR life! Do what you need to do to be able to say “I am in control.” March 30th is coming up fast!