Your sense of control is nothing more than paper mâché.
We try everything. We take our vitamins. We say our prayers. We get our palms read. We check our horoscopes. We read self-help. We exhaust ourselves in a desperate attempt to control what happens to us, white-knuckling our lives until we've squeezed every ounce of joy from them.
With time, we realize our false sense of control is nothing more than paper mâché. It's here where we redirect our energy towards something we can control: our perception.
We realize our energy is far better spent not so much controlling what happens to us but instead controlling how we choose to feel about what happens to us.
This is the tremendous magic in being human. We have complete governance over our perception. We can't control the thing but we can control the meaning of the thing.