'Within Your Hands' by Jina Wallwork
I talk to her of the obstacles that I face, talking of changes that would ease some of these problems. I imagine that it would be easier if my purse was fatter. In frustration, I form a fist and my complaint becomes greater in detail. She looks at me with kindness and places her hands over my knuckles. I can feel her warm gentle touch as she asks, ‘what is within your hands?’ In that moment, I think only of all the things I can control. As I speak of each of them, I realize the full length of the list. There is so much within these hands. As she speaks I can feel the burden growing lighter. She tells me that my focus should only be placed, on the things that I can control. Everything else is a burden that I carry only within my mind. At any moment I can let go.