I don’t know who said that. Probably a lot of people under many circumstances. It’s simple enough. And valid for almost any difficult situation one might be trying to maneuver at any given time. I remember when I was teaching, the school system reassigned our principal and another one came to the school. The one who left was decisive and in charge and had a vision for the direction we should be taking educationally. I didn’t particularly like her until she left. The new guy seemed lost and unsure of himself even though he had some years of experience as a principal. I remember looking at my friend the French teacher and saying, “I don’t really care who’s in charge, but I certainly feel better when someone is.” Poor fellow. The ability to take charge eluded him.
in charge: having control or custody of something control: to have power over
I’ve come to realize these past few years that the notion of being in charge or in control of a situation is usually nothing more than an illusion. The fact is that we have no control over what happens to us as we live our lives. The only thing we can control, or take charge of, is our attitude toward life’s gifts, disappointments, and tragedies. Despite the fact that I start every morning with an eye on my attitude, I still find myself later in the day, and especially in the evening, in desperate need of an attitude adjustment. It would be nice if I could blame this stubborn attitude on someone or something, so I’m blaming genetics. 🙂 I wish it were that simple. Bottom line is I have to take the responsibility for it regardless of its origin.
You may be wondering about my introductory picture above. Those are dust bunnies. I have been cleaning today in preparation for a long weekend out-of-town with “the girlfriends” and I couldn’t help noticing how seriously outnumbered I am by those little fluff balls. The way I see it, the dust bunnies are in charge. I’m sure they’ll hold down the fort while I’m gone and will greet me with a wicked grin when I return. (If I kill their leader, will the rest of them retreat?)