GRATEFUL GIRL'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
It's rough. Especially when you see something transpire that is completely, totally and in every sense WRONG, as the President-Elect likes to say. That turning the other cheek stuff is not for the faint of heart. Groan.
We've all been there. Someone cuts you off in traffic or slides into the parking space you've been waiting for (and clearly indicated by your turn signal's blinker, BTW). Your boss assumes acknowledgment for something you painstakingly did. You forgot your mountain of coupons for Macy's monster sale, which would have saved you $104 --you and can't find the e-mail with thier scan codes, natch. Yet, even though you have your credit card in your hand and holly in your heart, the clerk curtly charges you full price. Hmpf.
Sure, there's a knee jerk to offer some hand gesture to said offenders or, worse, let your ire spill onto some innocent bystander who happens along your path while you're still chipped off. Collateral curmudgeoness. But the true measure of self is the ability to control one's reaction to a given situation, is it not?
In other words, just because someone else acts like a big stupid head doesn't mean you should follow his or her lead. Remember that only you have to face your reflection or try to sleep soundly in your bed at night. Let the stupid heads dodge mirrors and suffer insomnia. Be the bigger person and your good night's beauty sleep will do wonders for your mug ... and your soul. Do what's right.
Is 56:1-3a, 6-8 Thus says the LORD: Observe what is right, do what is just; for my salvation is about to come, my justice, about to be revealed. Blessed is the man who does this, the son of man who holds to it; Who keeps the sabbath free from profanation, and his hand from any evildoing. O God, let all the nations praise you! May the nations be glad and exult because you rule the peoples in equity; the nations on the earth you guide.