Greet hate with peace, anger with control.
It’s too often that we walk out our door with a smile on our face and peace in our heart only to have it all smashed on the curb within five minutes. It’s happened to us all. You walk into work and are immediately greeted by an angry voicemail or a passive-aggressive note from your supervisor. Maybe you get a flat tire and spill your coffee all over your pants. Either way, you’ve let your day be ruined. That peace is gone. Someday you’ll have to realize that you can’t count on your day (and other people) to match your mood walking out the door. You have to be bigger than the day.
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. - Lao Tzu
Learn to not only accept it, but expect it. Things will happen around you. People will get in your face. Telephone operators will be rude to you. Accidents will happen. Instead of letting it get to you, you need to let it flow over you. You need to greet these people and circumstances with peace, control, and loving kindness. Have an inner mantra that goes something like this, “I dare you to be rude to me. I dare you to be angry. I will strike back ten fold with complete control and loving kindness. Let’s see you deal with that. I know who I am and how I want to feel. I’m the only one who can control that.”>