“You will not be judged on what people do to you, but how you react.”–Anonymous
On my bad days, I react to events like water poured on boiling oil, burning everyone in sight, even those trying to help. You could say I have an itchy trigger finger, ready to attack anything that provokes me with my semi-automatic tongue.
One of the reasons I practice meditation every day is to become aware of exactly when my “fire” ignites. If I can catch a negative reaction when it is just one thought, I can extinguish it before my anger and frustration create a three alarm catastrophe. Like a single matchstick, it is easy to blow out a negative thought with a smile or a breath of gratitude. This practice has quadrupled the number of happy moments I experience daily and changed the course of my life.
But after reading the posts by Mirth and Motivation and Professions for PEACE in response to the Newtown shooting, I realized that simply responding to external events is not good enough. Continue reading