...When we become distracted and our minds are preoccupied with the future, it can be very helpful to bring ourselves back to the present, which is where God’s grace is! The future is not yet, and God gives us the graces we need when we need them, and not a moment before. When we think too much about the future we cannot appreciate the present, which is all we really have. The future, when it arrives, will become our present, and if we do not learn to orient ourselves better to the present moment, the future will never arrive. We will end up spending most of our time and energy directed toward something that does not exist and perpetually miss out on what God is trying to give us right now. ..
...On the flip side, when there are things that can be controlled, control them! Anxiety and stress trick us into believing that we have no power over some scenarios, so we must fight the trap to be idle and take charge. “I can control how early I go to bed to ensure I am not exhausted in the morning.” “I can remove myself from the living room if my family is gossiping.” “I can teach my kids the importance of Christmas even if I don’t see my sibling doing so with their children.” We empower ourselves when we take control!..