Something that all sudden enlightenment systems promise, in one degree or another, is control. I had not really paid much attention to that until I was reading Stumbling on Happiness and the author writes about how important to human happiness a feeling of control is.
That contrasts nicely with twelve-step programs which seek to help people overcome compulsive behavior by realizing that they do not have control and God's admonition that faith and righteousness do not give us control over the path of this life.
I had never thought much on that until this week. I have generally accepted that I plan, I work and I do not have control. I'm happy anyway, finding peace and joy in the moment.
Not to say that I don't believe in planning. I buy insurance, I save, I weed the yard. I learned that planning, even if things never go according to the plan, helps make things go better. I just accepted a long time ago that my plans did not create any control.