What a glorious day this will be, if I can remain focused on doing what is best for me!
Sometimes I get sidetracked and allow outside events and people to affect my mood. There are times I go an entire day feeling sad or miserable before I realize that I’ve just allowed someone else’s behavior or words to sabotage my whole day!
Sometimes I forget that peace doesn’t come from getting someone to do or say something to me to make me feel better about myself. That’s me willfully becoming a prisoner to another person (often with the other person not even knowing I am their prisoner!) Freedom comes when I set myself free from the emotions and behaviors of others.
“But look at what they are doing to me!” I could argue.
“No… look at what you are doing to yourself.” I have to remind myself (ugh…grunts, shuffles feet, looks down and kicks the dirt).
I don’t know why things are the way they are or why I have to go through the things I am going through, but I know with all my heart that my life is in good hands. Regardless of how it looks right now, it has always worked out for me in the end. Every time I found myself panicking about how things are going to turn out, I am always surprised at how things turned out far more better than I originally anticipated (and oftentimes much more awesome than I could have done if I tried to control the outcome).
Today I will remember: If I want chaos, all I have to do is focus on someone else’s behavior. If I want peace, all I have to do is focus on my own.