People have an inept way of making other people feel like crap. You ever notice that? Like how you can be having an absolutely awesome day, and then — then some jerk flips you off when you switch lanes. Or some lady gives you a dirty look when you’re standing in line, waiting, patiently … for your double espresso. Why is she looking at me like that? Do I look fat in these pants? Is my hair not lying correctly in the back? Do I have a booger hanging out of my nostril?
It’s amazing, isn’t it, how one slight glance from a complete stranger can send a perfectly good mood into the trash. And when you think about it, it’s downright ridiculous— because most of the time I do not look fat in my pants, my hair behaves quite well, and I since I always check my nose in the rearview mirror before entering any store, I know I am booger-free.
Yet the mind likes to play trick on us. Even the most confident can have their disposition change from lofty and lovely to painfully crappy when our minds allow us to imagine the worst. And that’s why I try to smile at the young man bagging my groceries, at the girl making my double espresso, and even at the stupid lady giving me the dirty look. Because quite possibly it isn’t me she’s disgusted with — even if my mind wants to wander down that path — rather it’s herself and the crappy little world she’s immersed in. So remember that young Padawans — remember that you, and only you control your thoughts.
“When you look at the dark side, careful you must be. For the dark side looks back.” ~ YODA
Today’s post inspired by The Daily Prompt — Mountaintops and Valleys: “Describe a time when you switched from feeling at the top of the world to sinking all the way down (or vice versa). Did you learn anything about yourself in the process?”