Recently, I received an email with some quotes from Maya Angelou. This one really hit home for me: “I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.”
I love this quote and I think it to be very true. What’s great about this is that the way we react to a situation is totally up to us. How empowering!
So let’s play a little game.....you are at the restaurant with 3 friends and you are receiving the worst service and the food keeps coming out wrong. Faced with this situation you:
A) ...laugh it off, tell yourself that it’s just dinner and that you are in good company and that is really the only thing that matters
B) ...make comments about how bad this is, you are getting agitated and are not able to concentrate on the conversations around the table because you are getting consumed by what is happening with the service and the food
C) ...yell at the waiter, return all the food and swear to never come here again and leave the restaurant
There are many ways to react to a situation and the choice is totally up to us but the impact is wider. In situation A, everyone keeps having a good time but in situation B and C, the dinner is ruined and the waiter is crying.
So when faced with a difficult situation take a deep breath and ask yourself...How do I choose to react to this? And watch the impact your decision is having on you (your stress level) and everyone else around you.
This is a fantastic quote from billionaire investor Warren Buffett for you take away and apply in your own life, whether it's something someone said OR did...
"You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing things with magic. True power is restraint. If words control you that means everyone else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.”
One thing that I try to do now in my life is to act in a way that I can look back at the stressful/hard events in my life and feel proud of the way I handled them...and believe me, between family, work and life, I have lots of opportunities to practice!
How are you going to apply this concept in your own life? Let us know in the comments below!