Every day, a series of decisions you make upon waking shapes the way you start the day, which in turn tends to mold the remainder of the day. As the day unfolds, you choose how to respond to the consequences of your decisions. External factors can play an enormous part in your responses to the decisions you make, but the day generally becomes what you make it. Your moods and attitudes, whether positive or negative, arise from the way you react to internal and external stimuli.
What is true for a day is true for a week; it is what you make it. And a month. And a season. And a year.
All of this is not to say that circumstances beyond your control cannot intrude upon your happiness (or lack thereof). Rather, the way you react to your own decisions (shall I smile or frown at this unpleasant person?) and to the world around you sets the tone for any given time frame; a day, a week, a month, a season, a year, a lifetime. It is what you make it.
Mary Lou, I do not necessarily practice what I preach, but in my view the proper response to those folks anxious to share their misery is to breathe and be glad their misery did not invade your brain. I am interesting in exploring meditation; to find out if it can help me practice what I preach.
This is true to a point. Happines is what we make it. There are days when I wake with the “not fit to be with humans” mood permeating my body. On those days, I stay home until it passes. But those days are fewer and far between. I am settling into a peaceful existence. It is only when I venture out into the real world and encounter individuals anxious share their misery that my peace is threatened.