There are situations in life that can make us feel diminished.
Sometimes by a harsh word from a stranger, or at times by those we love most. It often feels extremely personal or unjust at the time.
As children we are taught to be fair. Many of us learned to bend to appease those we wanted approval from most. Age teaches us to realize though, that fair is subjective, and our interactions are not always governed by our ideal desire to be seen and heard justly. There are thousands of interactions on a daily basis that can seem completely out of our control.
What we can do in these moments is discover first, why we are bothered, and secondly, our options. How we want to feel is not always in our control, but how we deal with our reactions is a choice. Allowing the situation to feel bigger than our choices is when we often give in to our own feelings of powerlessness.
Only you can decide what you allow to linger in your energy, thoughts and response. Remembering that power is not in recreating the experience, but deciding sometimes if it’s worth investing your energy in. When the time is right, you will respond or not, in a way that is of your choosing, and not from a place of distress.