Imagine this scenario: A drunk guy sneers at you in the bar and you’re offended.
I know you’re mad. Because… how could he do that? Shit.
Our default reaction is to rage and confront our opponents, often through aggressive means.
We want revenge.
But what we fail to realize is that these things — 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 beyond our control.
In fact, in the coming days, they won’t matter that much.
Perhaps there will be new social problems people talk about. More serious stuff your family need to solve. And so on.
So every time you catch yourself reacting, ask yourself: Will this thing matter next week or next month, or next year?
Question it. And be honest.
If the answer is no, then don’t take these random encounters personally. Don’t waste your time. Don’t waste your energy.
If you can’t find a solution, let go and move on.
The earth doesn’t stop revolving. It’ll never stop, whatever dilemma you face.
And also, you are not the center of the universe.