Have you ever had a chance to take part in something you thought would be incredible, did your best and then something happened that deflated you towards the end? For me, it felt like listening to a performance of a grand symphony when suddenly there were a couple sour notes at the end that were hard to ignore.
After some reflection, I’ve stopped thinking and worrying about the reactions of other people: since there’s nothing you can do about them anyway, especially people that you’ve met casually and don’t even know. What I have found instead is a rich repertoire of lessons learned on a personal level that I can take from it. And to decide on my own what to do next and not rely on what others might choose to do or not do. You can’t do anything about their behavior. But you can do a lot about your own. The wisdom to know the difference helps at a time like this.
Today, I’ve found the answer to when human beings react by circling the wagons to protect their own. As I saw on someone’s Facebook header just yesterday:
“What day is it? asked Pooh
It’s today! squeaked Piglet
My favorite day! said Pooh”
I am reminded once again by the all-wise Universe not to sweat the small stuff and to know the difference between what we can do versus what we can’t do anything about. Why is it so hard to remember that I wonder?