Reacting to Reactions

Hello friends! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. I myself had a wonderful weekend. It started out Friday when I went to my Burn Boot Camp because I am a sadistic person. Saturday hubby and I cleaned the house. This was a great accomplishment because we finally took down the Christmas decorations!! Amazing, I know. But in our house the rule is they have to be down before Valentines Day. It looks like we made it another year right at the deadline. I like having them up through January because the house feels so cozy. But the time had come. Pause for a moment of silence….

Moving on, today is Monday. Another weekend has gone by where some of us, not pointing fingers (me)  have tried to figure out a way to reset the clock and get a redo to the weekend. Blink and you miss it. While I sit here sipping my Keto Coffee, I have had a chance to clear my mind, and determine what kind of day I am going to have.

Yes, I decided. There are a million things that can happen to a person in one day. Some good, some bad. But it is how we handle every situation that gives us the power to shape our attitudes, stress, anger, and a multitude of other emotions. How we choose to react is a big part of our day, and some of us don’t even realize it.

When somebody cuts you off on the highway,what is your initial response? Most of us will say some snarky comment and maybe add an obscene finger gesture..just for flair. Others will aggressively speed up and ride their bumper. Then there are times where we laugh because “rude driver” is in such a hurry, he has to be the first one to get wherever he is going. Must be very important, like a button convention. Look them up, I dare you! Who’s ready to plan their next trip?

Each reaction we have is perfectly normal, and acceptable. The part that I want you to think about is the reacting. We make a split second decision and we have now added additional stress to our drive. We have wasted energy on getting upset and reacting, when we could have just as easily let the moment slip by undetected. Now we are headed into work and can’t wait to tell our coworkers about the button man who cut us off. We have now wasted more energy complaining. Which in turn, will make whoever we are talking to chime in with similar stories. Which may change their attitude and mood.

We feed off of each others emotions. It is human nature to want to empathize to other humans. But when that empathy is being utilized for negativity, we are creating our own stress, sadness,anger, and so on. Countless hours of our lives wasted thinking about negativity. Thousands of dollars wasted on relaxation techniques, or how to manuals to manage stress. When in reality we have had the power to manage ourselves all along.

 Anyone else hear Glinda, the good witch’s voice?

So today I decided what kind of day I am going to have. I decided. I am not going to let whatever bad energy life has to throw at me get me down today. I am going to meet today with happiness and kindness. I am going to keep my positive energy and handle my day with grace and poise. I am going to see light when it gets dark. I am going to find the good in today and hopefully pass it on.

Reacting is a big part of our daily life. How we react can influence other people, and it can impact how they react. But most importantly it influences ourselves

So to the button man, I hope you have a great day and get to where you need to be. I hope all the buttons are as awesome as you think they will be!

But to the rest of you I will simply ask, how will you react today??

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2 thoughts on “Reacting to Reactions

  1. Pingback: I Promise, Will You? | Live.Life.Laugh.

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