Our friends and neighbors don’t need our “how-to” as much as they need “me too.” They want to be reassured that the feelings they have and they failures they’ve experienced are not unusual, nor are they fatal. There is grace, and tomorrow is a new day.
I realized that I have developed a habit of dwelling on hurts and conflicts. I allow an argument from 7:00 to live on in my mind, so that it spoils 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 and beyond.
Too many times, I take my sulking one step farther and behave based on my ‘how I’ve been wronged’ script. Even if I’m not talking, my message at these times is loud and clear, “You are in charge of my level of peace or contentment today. Your choices determine how I act. You can be the boss of me.”