Yesterday while piddling around online I read something very interesting.
Let's say you have $86,400, and someone steals $10 from you. Would you spend the rest of your now $86,390 trying to find, get even with that person, or just going on and on about that $10? Of course not, at least I hope that is what you would say.
So now think of that in terms of your day. There are 86,400 seconds in every day. When something unfavorable happens, you get cut off in traffic, a colleague makes a snide remark, someone steals 10 seconds of your day with their negativity, steals 10 seconds of your joy, will you spend the remaining 86,400 seconds in that day stewing over it, having a bad day, pouting, plotting your revenge?
The answer seems clear (at least to me) when you put it in these terms, yet we all do it. I'm terrible at this. I have a couple not so good experiences in a day, and it can send me in a tailspin for the rest of day. I've allowed an experience that was a fraction of my day to spoil the rest of it.
I don't know about you, but I don't want that experience anymore. Unpleasant things will happen. Unkind, or just oblivious people who don't know any better or even realize what they are doing, will make snide comments and hurt your feelings. We will make mistakes, have a misstep. Don't allow those experiences to steal your joy. That moment may not be a good one, but you can decide if the next one will be.