“Some of your expectations will not be met today. Choose joy anyway.” — J. L. Huie
Twelve-step programs remind us that there are only a few things we cannot control in this life: people, events, things…well, I guess that about covers everything, doesn’t it?
When your frustration runs high, and you feel like you keep hitting a brick wall everywhere you turn, it’s time to take a breath, sit back, and take a look at what you’re trying very hard to control. Because if you’re trying to control, for instance, the behavior of others, you’re undoubtedly going to experience disappointment and frustration. You can model the behavior you seek; I certainly encourage you to “be the change.” But control other people? Not likely.
What we can control, however, is how we react to our world. How we react makes all the difference between having an enjoyable day or a difficult day. This may take some practice if you’re not used to it. You can choose discouragement. Or you can choose joy. No matter what’s going on around you, just remember: Your reaction is your choice.