The Quarterback runs as fast as he can! He’s at the 40, he’s at the 30, at the 20…TOUCHDOWN!!!
Johns’ team just won the game and he couldn’t be happier! Sarah, on the other hand, just had her team beat. She drops her head in shame and exits the stadium. John continues his celebration out of the stadium along with the hundreds of other fans that are ecstatic that their team just brought home the win!
Let’s look at John and Sarah for a moment. He is happy, she is not. Why? Did the football game make one happy and one sad? No. The football game did nothing to affect their happiness, but their reaction to the outcome did. Had Sarah been a fan of the team that won then she too would be happy. It’s all in how you respond to the end result. Say, for example, you get caught by a red light. You huff and puff, and possibly curse, but then you watch in horror as the car that just went before you gets hit at the next intersection. You realize that could’ve easily been you, and now getting caught by the red light doesn’t seem so bad. Now let’s step back. It shouldn’t take a near death experience to teach you that getting caught by a red light really isn’t that bad. The next time a red light catches you think, “Hmm, there could be an accident up ahead but the few seconds that this light holds me may keep me from being involved.” Missing a bus, forgetting your keys, etc. are all things that may benefit you in the end; you just may not realize it. Let’s say your current relationship ends and you are devastated. However, three years down the road you meet that special someone that you know is your soulmate and you begin to wonder what you were doing with your ex to begin with! The loss of one relationship brought about a better, stronger one. At the time you didn’t see it that way, but it worked out in the end.
I try to approach all things with this mindset. I recently read a book that taught you to tell yourself that whatever is happening to you is the best possible thing that could happen to you. The universe has a way of lining things up to work out exactly as they should. Trust it, and realize that, although you may not see it now, things may work out in the end.