Learning to let go of obsessions for people, places and things will free our minds to be at rest. If you are so obsessed with people or a person that all you can do is think about them and try to manipulate and control their actions and run their lives, you are in the drivers seat to get hurt and disappointed. We will get hurt less when we allow God to handle these situation and free us from the obsessions to get our way or try to guilt people to do what we want them to. We will discover that we have more energy for accomplishing our own life's goals when we give up our obsessive thinking about other people and their lives and focus on ourselves and who God would have us be. Only God can control others and while often asking for help is hard, they will usually ask us if the need our help. If an opportunity arises for you to be a blessing then you should do so; but you should do it without obsessiveness and without a price tag.
Being quiet gives us the opportunity to notice the beauty around us: the birds singing, the flowers blooming, the snow falling, the rain cleansing the air and the streets---the beauty and evidence of God in creation. Even more, the personal blessings we each have received. None of us are outside God’s reach and His love.
Today I will notice how God is present in my life and let go of obsessions, trying to control other people or making things that aren't my business, my business. While I will continue to encourage others and inspire hope, I will also make sure I'm taking care of myself as no one else can. I will reflect on how God has blessed me. Being quiet in contact with Him will open my mind to that knowledge. I will be still and know He is God.