Nov 27, 2016
External: “2. Coming from or derived from a source outside the subject effected. Coming from or relating to an outside institution.”
Event: “A thing that happens.”
On an average day, typical events are short-lived. A conversation, an unexpected encounter, a disappointment…the event happens and it passes – unless we keep thinking about it. When we keep thinking about troublesome events, we extend the length of the event. When we repeatedly retell the story of the event, we extend the impact of the event and pass it on.
Our attitudes derail when we react to external events (the things going on around us that we can’t control) with an inappropriate amount of emotion and continued focus. If you interpret external events as personal wrongs, then you automatically spend valuable energy on negativity. When you do this and don’t realize YOU are creating the negativity, not the person who took an action that was quickly over, then your lack of self-awareness is a major factor in unnecessary levels of negativity.
Listen to hear common examples and think about the external events that most frequently hijack YOUR attitude!
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