Dying Daily #361: Don’t Turn It Into Something

“You don’t have to turn this into something. It doesn’t have to upset you.”

Marcus Aurelius

 

Don’t Turn It Into Something

Most things are pretty small when we get down to it.

Something happens.

We like it or we don’t like it, even though it has nothing to do with us.

If we don’t like it, we turn it into something. It upsets us.

We take it personally and get mad and invest in our own suffering. We tell ourselves stories and extrapolate from a tough situation and the future gets dark.

We turn it into something.

It upsets us.

Things are just things.

If they are beyond our control they have nothing to do with us.

A toddler gets sick and wakes you up at midnight and throws up until around 3 am before finally falling asleep.

You write your blog and try to lay down for a while, knowing it won’t be enough.

You’ll be tired and you haven’t sorted out how you are going to rearrange the work day.

It’s just something that happened.

You don’t have to turn it into something.

It doesn’t have to upset you.

Right?