Have you ever found yourself in an argument, feeling picked on or in the midst of drama and confused about how you got there? This could happen with a family member, someone at work or even a complete stranger.
Almost always, another person’s inner turbulence has nothing to do with you.
Most people act out from their own set of fears, beliefs, wounds and emotions…usually from something that’s happened in their past.
Or, maybe they are just having a bad day.
We are all living within the projections and filters of each other’s life experiences every day.
When we remember this, we are able to detach from taking things personally and instead compassionately understand that the other person might be suffering or hurting in an area of their life.
What if, instead of reacting by getting offended, defensive or insulted, you use this as an opportunity to turn your light on and extend kindness.
Instead of defending yourself by “hitting the ball back” with another snarky comment, what if you made a different choice?
A different choice such as staying silent, changing the subject, or even leaving the room? All different choices with different impacts, right?
In doing so, you stop feeding the pain, suffering and drama in your life and theirs, and in turn, you make the world a better place.
Changing the world really does begin with you. One choice at a time.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on this subject. What do you do when someone around you gets triggered and reacts?