Lisa Klarner Coaching and Consulting – When You Feel Powerless

My upstairs neighbor seems to be training for the Olympics…most steps taken by an upstairs neighbor category. He stays up late, so sleeping can be challenging when he’s walking around above me. I know he’s not being malicious and just going about his business, but it’s still quite frustrating.

I’ve tried to adapt. For sleeping, I don’t like earplugs, so that’s not an option. I’ve tried a loud fan and a white noise machine, but the thudding of the walking around still comes through. The only thing that’s full proof is sleeping by my boyfriend’s house, or if I’m home, putting on headphones and blaring the music. Moving could be an option eventually, but that depends on finances.

On those nights when I can’t sleep because of the noise, I sometimes feel so powerless. Like, nothing I can do can make it go away. The serenity prayer comes to mind….”God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” But, how do you know the difference? I feel like I’ve tried pretty much everything. Should I be trying harder, doing something differently, or is this a situation I should just accept I cannot change?

Getting quiet and meditating can help me know the difference. Setting an intention for the meditation and asking my higher self what I should do can lead to insightful revelations.

In the moments when I just feel so freaking powerless, I try to remind myself that I’m not, even though it feels like it. I can still do little things to help myself, even if they feel really minor. Or, maybe it’s the universe nudging me to have the courage to take a leap of faith and make a bigger change. I try to make time to be quiet and listen for my inner voice’s wisdom. It *does* know the difference, if you trust it enough to listen.

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