January 10, 2012

Outside of Me

Someone said something unkind about me. Are my feelings hurt? Yes. Should they be? No. How do I overcome my hurt? By detaching myself, "turning it off," until I can figure out what lies behind it. If it was retaliation for an unkindness I did, let me correct my fault. If not, I have no responsibility in the matter. Should I ignore or challenge? No, I will let it go; least said, soonest mended. Nothing can hurt me unless I allow it to. When I am pained by anything that happens outside of myself, it is not that thing which hurts me, but the way I think and feel about it.

Today's Reminder

Let me not take to myself, and suffer over, the actions and reactions of other people. Other adult human beings are not my responsibility, no matter how closely their lives may be intertwined with mine. I will not allow myself to be troubled by anyone else; my one problem is to improve my own way of living and looking at life.

"God teach me to detach my mind from what others say and do, except to draw helpful lessons and guidance from them."

There is no need for me to figure out what lies behind it. I know what lies behind it. God showed me something last year and I will never forget the lessons I have learned as a result of His Guidance. I live a pretty transparent life before God. He sees everything. I have no responsibility in the matter. What happened took place outside of me. I am not responsible for what other people do. It is what it is. 

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