November 18
You're not going to make me have
a bad day. If there's oxygen
on earth and I'm breathing,
it's going to be a good day.

Cotton Fitzsimmons


Today's Meditation:

Well said, Cotton!  It is about whether others can ruin our days, isn't it?  In my life, I've been in plenty of situations in which others have tried to ruin my day.  In all truth, I've learned how not to let people do that because at first, I used to let them ruin my day.  Someone would do something rude or hurtful or obnoxious, and I'd spend a lot of time feeling awful about it.  As time went on, though, I finally realized that my awful feelings weren't due to the actions themselves--they were simply my reactions to those actions.  In other words, others made me make my own day miserable.

If you make me have a bad day, it's actually not you making the day bad.  It's me.  I've made a choice to let your words or your action affect me.  But the fact is that the world goes on, life goes on, and I go on.  The question is, of course, how do I go on? 

We're offered an amazing array of miracles every day that we're on this planet--oxygen to breathe, food to eat, water to drink, friends with which to pass time, music to listen to, words to read, sights to see.  With all that going for us, why would we let the words or actions of another person--a person who is probably acting or speaking out of fear or malice--turn a day into a negative experience?  It simply doesn't make sense.  We do have a choice. 

It is easier said than done, not letting another person bring us down or ruin our day.  But it is possible to learn how to let things go and let things pass by.  When we learn how not to be affected strongly by another person's actions, we learn one of the most important lessons in life:  how to determine our own attitude and perspective rather than simply reacting to someone else's actions.

Questions to consider:

Why is it so easy to react instead of act?

Why do we so often let others bring us down?  What does that help?

How might we start to not let the actions of others affect us so strongly? 

For further thought:

Each of us makes our own weather, determines the color
of the skies in the emotional universe which we inhabit.

Fulton J. Sheen

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