Are you ready to be more in control of your own energy and of how you interact with others?
Let me start by sharing a quote from one of my favourite books BRAVE ENOUGH. “If someone is being unkind or petty or jealous or distant or weird, you don’t have to take it in. You don’t have to turn it into a big psychodrama about your worth. That behaviour is so often not even about you. It’s about the person who is being unkind or petty or jealous or distant or weird. If this were summed up on a bumper sticker, it would say: Don’t own other people’s crap. The world would be a better place if we all did that.” Cheryl Strayed
When I first accepted this as a truth and that I had some power in what I believed about myself or how I interpreted the actions of others, it was very helpful.
People are going to be reactive with you when they are stressed, and in the case of a world pandemic…we are likely to see all kinds on behaviour that could test a saint.
Sometimes, it is REALLY hard not to get shook up by how others treat us or how they show up in the world (especially if it is out of the blue and no fault of our own). But, having the awareness of our choices makes all the difference. Having the awareness of what we will accept or won’t accept makes a difference too.
Most of all, we get to choose how we will respond and whether we will take the high road and lead the way to calm and sanity, or whether we will add to the burden of negative energy we are experiencing.
Challenge Question: What is something you must not own any more? How can you care for yourself as you go about your daily interactions and stop giving your mental energy away? How will you show up to lead and love when it is HARD?