In the midst of a rather unpleasant situation this past week, I had a bit of an epiphany. The person who has being so rude and unkind and just downright ornery had nothing to do with me.
It was all on them. That nastiness began somewhere long before they interacted with me. I just happened to be the one around when they decided to let it spill out.
Mindful of this fact and with a purposeful intent of digging into my well of joy, I gave that person a hug and a smile and went on with my day. And surprisingly, the joy I’d been scrambling to find in the midst of that person’s bad behavior went right along with me.
My lesson was that even in the midst of something hard, unpleasant, unwarranted or unwanted, we can still tap into our joy.