– Doris Mortman
Most of us have at least one troublemaker in our lives, someone who is ever criticizing, complaining and stirring up conflict. These people can drive us to distraction, try our patience, infuriate us and really get under our skin — if we take their actions and attitudes personally. There is no reason to take personal offense at anything anyone does, however, for everyone responds to life from their own inner landscape of beliefs, expectations, hopes, fears, prejudices and illusions. When I find myself getting upset with a troublemaker, I try to remember that others’ attitudes ultimately have nothing to do with me. I also try to imagine how sad it would be to be them, because for people who dwell in negativity, nothing life brings them is ever enough.