So often you can sit and wallow in your own circumstances when things don’t go as planned – I know I do.
Sometimes its hard to remain positive when others around you can pull you down with their own negativity, demands or mood swings – this happens far more easily than I would like!
Other times its hard to pull yourself out of disappointment when your expectations of others isn’t met – this is a big one for me, I push my expectations onto others!
There are so many things in this world that can make you feel down and instantly change your mood. Stupid little things that we know don’t matter in the long term but can change in an instant!
Often times its out of our control when we deal with people on a daily basis. Your mood can be affected just by someones response…or no response. It’s incredible!
I know I have to keep reminding myself to snap out of it and instead look to all the things I am grateful for DAILY!
To not let the moods of others change me – they are their moods not mine! Instead constantly be that positive person who continues to smile and laugh, even through irritation.
With that comes a lot of patience and I’m learning more and more that patience is a habit. You have to routinely do it for it to become second nature. That may take me till I’m 60 or more, but hey, I’m still going to try.
For me, it’s also about finding strength outside of myself, outside of my circumstance and for that, I pray. I have to take myself away from that situation, find a quiet spot (sometimes a bathroom) and pray for patience, pray to be understanding and pray to be kind through every moment!
Its definitely a growing process and I’m so happy that I’ve realised recently that I don’t have to have the answers to everything, that I shouldn’t have to spend time anxious about situations I can’t control – I just have to;
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” Romans 12:12 NIV