Years ago, I watched an interview with Maya Angelou, one of my all-time favorite people – stunningly beautiful, immensely talented, unbelievably courageous, simply amazing woman, fighter, poetess, and larger-than-life personality. Maya Angelou was known as a gracious hostess who would welcome hordes of people to her house. She was asked whether she had, at any time, encountered an unpleasant guest, or someone she disliked, and how she dealt with such a person. She said (I can’t quote verbatim, but this is the gist of it), –“I can’t abide negativity in people. If I meet a negative person, I feel as if hair is being pulled from my head. I try not to come too close to them and walk away quickly, even if they are guests in my house.”
Maya Angelou’s sage advice is to realize that life throws things to us which we cannot control. As Zelig Pliskin once said, “Facts just are.” It is our choice not to be affected by those events in a negative way.
If you are confused and bewildered – we all are sometimes, you are not alone! – Zelig Pliskin suggests this easy exercise:
“Now in your inner mind, tell yourself, ‘Every time I begin to worry, I will immediately think of something to be grateful for.’ Repeat this enough times until you feel that your inner mind will automatically go into gratitude mode as soon as it’s aware that it’s in worry mode.”
Bewildered? Switch gears, Beautiful People! Do your homework: recall and relive a joyful experience when you felt calm and relaxed. Are you grateful to have had this experience?
The next Lasting Joy club meeting is on Tuesday, February 27th, and we are working on offering remote access to all of you who want to join in. More details will be provided soon.
Choose to be happy today!
Today’s word prompt is BEWILDERED https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/bewildered/