Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Stop Letting People Steal Your Joy!

Stop it! I was conversing with my aunt the other day and she was telling me how much we bring stress into our lives by letting other people's words and actions get to us.  I realized I had been allowing people to affect me too much. I could wake up cheery and happy one day and the slightest thing would set me off or "get my nerves bad." It could be the driver that cut me off on the road last Tuesday, the rude customer service lady at Walmart, a mean-spirited comment from a co-worker, etc.

 I watched a television sermon from famous Houston, TX based preacher Joel Osteen on Sunday and he warned against letting people steal your joy. And he made so much sense! When we negatively react to negative people or negative circumstances, we give them power over us and let them take our joy from us. Yes we might feel undeserving of the rudeness, inconsideration, and insult we get from people but instead of blowing up, cursing, and seeking revenge, we should do our best to IGNORE it and counter it with positive responses. I know, easier said than done; especially if it keeps happening over and over again. But that is the only way to maintain control of our emotions and our happiness. 

Also, when these instances occur, immediately find something to be thankful for in your mind. It could be your loving family, great job, relationship partner, health, spirituality, etc. That will help you remember just how blessed you are and just how unimportant other people's negativity is.

 I now wake up everyday with gratitude and joy for my life and start off my day making the conscious decision to NOT let other people steal my joy. Now this doesn't mean I won't fall sometimes and succumb to my anger, but it does mean that it will happen less often than it does now and it will be easier to let go of than it has been for me in the past. I implore all of you lovely readers of mine to make this decision for yourselves too. Toodles!