Things change fast.
Our lives can take a dramatic turn in literally seconds.
A friend was messaging me today telling me of an accident he'd been in while driving his truck. He struck a woman who was walking in the dark, and feared he'd killed her. Fortunately, she escaped unharmed, but my friend is still shaken. It all happened in the blink of an eye.
On a much less dramatic note, I experienced a strange occurrence on Facebook the other day, which resulted in my being reminded of the lesson that we can not allow circumstances to determine our mood, attitude, worth, or even reality.
I am in the first exciting weeks of launching a new business that I adore. As part of my promotional campaign, I am working to build a community and fan-base on my business Facebook page. Slowly but surely this is happening, with some truly lovely and endearing interaction with those who have clicked the coveted 'like' button.
Though I know that the quantity of 'likes' doesn't substitute for quality, I admit it is heartening to see the numbers climb. So when I refreshed my page the other day and saw in a flash that those numbers had dropped by about 10% in a single second, I was momentarily devastated. My mind raced. 'Oh no! What did I do wrong? What did I post that offended so many people? What sort of damage control do I need to do? And how shall I go about it?'
Even as these noisome worries crowded my head, a quieter thought calmly suggested, 'Why don't you hit refresh again...'
So I did...
And not only did the numbers jump back up to where they were, but I actually gained a new somebody. The drop had just been some strange, inexplicable tech glitch.
I sat for a moment.... amazed at all of the unnecessary concerns and plans that had been swirling in my thought just seconds before.
Certainly this inconsequential little occurrence pales in impact compared to the kind of accident my friend was embroiled in. But its simple message encouraged me to apply the same attitude to bigger, scarier situations. I can never be reminded too often that it's not what happens to me that determines the quality of my life. It's how I perceive it.