Very early on in my coaching diploma, the wonderful Paula King of Kingstown College read out the following :
The Universe has no meaning
Life has no meaning
Nothing has any meaning
Everything is a neutral set of props
We supply the meaning
It took me a few minutes to figure out what she was trying to say. When I got it, it was like a light bulb going on in my head !
Knowing that we supply the meaning to everything that happens in our lives, gives us control over it. We can chose to take a positive or negative perspective on events. I realise it is really hard to reflect positively on everything that happens to us, however small steps lead to bigger ones. The next time in the school yard you feel you were deliberately ignored by another mother, change the meaning. Maybe she has her own worries and is distracted, maybe she genuinely didn’t see you. In all aspects of our lives, both at home and work, I imagine we can all do better with this one. Its worth trying I think.