Will it Still Matter Next Month?

Imagine this scenario: A drunk guy sneers at you in the bar and you’re offended. Now that’s an issue.

I’d suspect you’ll get very, very furious. Because… how could he do that? Shit.

When this kind of issue arises, our default reaction is to rage and confront our opponents, often through aggressive means.

We are unstoppable. We want revenge.

But what most of us fail to realize is that these issues — the troublesome drunk guy, a friend who betrays us, business competitions, the stranger who accidentally spills coffee on our lap, or even political issues — are just things beyond our control.

Even worse is that, in the coming days, these issues really won’t matter that much.

Perhaps there will be new social issues people talk about. Or maybe there’ll be more serious issues your family need to solve. Whatever.

So every time you catch yourself reacting on issues, ask yourself: Will this issue matter next week or next month or next year?

Question it. And be honest.

If the answer is no, then don’t take them personally. Don’t waste your time. Don’t waste your energy.

If you can’t find solution to that issue, move on.

The earth doesn’t stop revolving. It’ll never stop, whatever issues you face. That’s for sure.

And oh, before I forget. You are not the center of the universe. The issues you face today? They are just a teeny-weeny fragment of this grand stage called life.

Look, this may sound like a cliché , but damn it works. Here it is:

“The way you live is influenced by the way you view things.”

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Jade Panugan

Some interesting questions about life and human behavior: What if there's no money? Why we often feel the urge to prove that we're right and others are wrong? Why we react to things beyond our control? Why we hate? Why it's hard to be content? I don't have all the answers, do you? Let's chat.