The Outcome Hurts Your Feelings BUT ...

This Week's Simple Tip

We've all had those disappointing times in life when things did not turn out as we had hoped they would. Perhaps we did not get the job we wanted, or get accepted into something we applied for. Or maybe plans that we were really excited about fell through. Have you ever noticed though, that often those undesired outcomes turn out to be "a blessing in disguise?" I have fond memories of teaching some classes internationally which would never have happened if I had not been rejected for a position I thought I wanted :) Life truly is a game of chance. We think that we have the power to control everything but in reality, we do not know the consequences to follow of any event. We have no idea if what seems like bad news now, may end up being the best thing that ever happened! The only thing we control is how we emotionally respond. So it really is best to work at not getting too upset when things do not work out as we hoped. Just accept both good and bad as simply what happens in life.

This Week's Focus

This week, work on accepting both the good and bad things that unfold as simply what is intended to happen in life. This is tough because we tend to let our emotions take control. Accept that you really don't know if it is good or bad in the near-term.

Click on the serenity sticky to print, cut and post on your bathroom mirror to remind you of this week's focus. Good luck!

A Little Helpful Hint

I HIGHLY recommend watching this 2-minute parable of a Chinese farmer. It exemplifies why it's best to not overreact to immediate outcomes. Watch what happens when the farmer approaches life with a 'wait and see' mindset, instead of jumping to an immediate conclusion.


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