What I’ve found over the years is that some people look for reasons to be unhappy. When things are going great, they find a way to rock the boat. It’s not that they intend too, but they figure out a way to upset what the universe has provided them with.
Pro Football Talk ran a story today about how Antonio Brown was upset when the Steelers scored their first touchdown because he wanted the ball and was pouting on the sidelines. We’re talking about the actions of the best wide receiver in football who is playing in a playoff game for a chance to go to the Super Bowl and you’re over there pouting!!!
All that should matter is that your team wins, but you’re making it about yourself. Just a week earlier, you were on Facebook live trying to get women to call you while your coach and quarterback were giving motivational speeches to get the team fired up for next week. This is an example of making things about you when they really shouldn’t be.
The underlying problem is that today is all about engulfing yourself with your own interests and relegating the bigger picture to societal norms. When you’re always focusing on what others are doing, you can’t be great yourself. There’s not enough time in the day for you to know what everyone else is doing an working at your potential.
I know people who can tell you every move a person makes in a day but can’t remember what they had for lunch. They are so caught up in other peoples lives that they can’t enjoy their own.
I watched a video yesterday about removing stress from your life. The man started with a glass of water and he asked several people how many ounces they thought it was. The answers varied but the man simply said, that it didn’t matter how many ounces it was because in the end if it was one ounce or 20 ounces, if you never let it go, it’s eventually going to take its toll on you.
The smaller the number the longer it may take but if you hang on to it long enough it will eventually wear you down. That’s how stress works. Funny thing is we all hold on to things far longer than we should when we should just let it go and live.