National “I Am In Control” Day – No, really.

I-am-in-Control-Day-744938It’s coming quick. Do something. March 30th is National “I am in Control” Day.

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!

7 responses to “National “I Am In Control” Day – No, really.

  1. Great advice! I am laughing though. I always had a saying, “Put things back where they live and they will always be there when you need them.” It drove my kids nuts. I was at my daughter’s a few days ago. She was looking for her scissors. Her husband finally found and brought them to her. He had put them on a shelf in the living room. They had not been in the drawer where she keeps them. I heard her say, “That’s not where they live!” Then she looked at me and laughed and said, “OMG, I sound like my mom!”

    • LOL. You know you’re grown when you start sounding like your momma. My daughter used to drive me crazy taking jewelry and make up. I told her I don’t care if she uses them, but put them back so I can find them. Now, if I could just get the trophy husband to put things back where they live, I’d be all set. My last text to him, and I quote, “Where’s my hot glue gun?” Don’t even wanna know why he was using that.

  2. Hey Lori! My husband and I just met your husband Rob down by the Trace Creek Warerfalls.
    I am a Medically retired board-certified music therapist, public speaker/author and singer/songwriter. I would love to meet you sometime as I believe we have a lot in common.
    Please feel free to email me,I would love to hear from you!
    Sharon Pawlak

    • Well, howdy neighbor. It’s nice to connect. I was thinking we should have a neighborhood BBQ. Maybe we’ll plan it for July 4th or something, then we can get together and chat and play some music. What do you think?

      • Sounds awesome! Maybe we can connect before the 4th. Could we switch our correspondence out of a public forum to a personal email so I can communicate some personal information?

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