1.25.2008

Selectable Reality

Its easy to allow the jerk on his phone is his Ford Expedition who just cut you off without even seeing you to screw up and ruin an entire day. Its easy to let a momentary assholery take over your reality and make the world darker and uglier.

But easy isn't always better (just don't tell that to water) and it isn't always equitable or acceptable.

Why let your day be hijacked by an instant of bad when the day can be changed to something better, more productive and sunnier?

I deal with a myriad of events that seem almost designed to thwart my having a reasonably good day, from a dog that barks at people only she can see, a toddler who thinks the height of funny is to stand at the television and keep turning it off, a bigger boy who has the most extraordinarily selective hearing ever and a wife who, well, let's just say she's occasionally part of the problem. But do I let it get me down?

I come from a pretty pragmatic world view. What is the downstream effect of me leaving the milk out on the counter? What's the downstream effect of me driving like a jerk to get to work right on time? What's the downstream effect of me not putting the toilet seat down?

Pragmatism is living an examined life, knowing what you are doing, knowing how your actions will impact others and actually giving a damn about how those actions will impact others.

If you're having a bad day and don't want to be having a bad day then make a conscious decision to change your attitude and you'll be amazed at how much better the world looks when you just change the lens you are using to view it.

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