Several times over the three weeks of Ricki’s hospital stay, I mulled over in my mind what a friend once told me. This Rebbitzen (Rabbi’s wife), who had had a child seriously ill in the hospital, shared with me how she managed to keep her diet when under stress:
“When I had no control over anything around me, I got comfort from knowing that THIS one aspect of my life was still under my control.”
Sick children are only one type of stress. There are others; most of us have those people or situations that put us under stress. And whether we are dieting or not, we all have SOME aspect of our behavior we would crave to maintain.
And then along comes something unforeseen. Something that make life absolutely wild.
-We can’t control nature.
-We can’t control others.
-We can’t prevent all illness.
We CAN control ourselves.