Another end of the world scenario has come and passed with the vote in the UK to exit the European Union. Of course the Brexit vote, as it was dubbed, caused immediate panic on the world’s stock exchanges, most of which were due for downward adjustments and just
like that, poof billions of dollars in stock and bond value just disappeared. Like most, I suffered a loss to my retirement savings; but, I wondered if the people in the poorest countries of the world even noticed the cataclysmic impact of that vote? Who in Liberia, the poorest country in Africa with a GDP of just $454 per year, really cares whether Great Britain is in or out of EU? In fact, who in the small, poor villages of Liberia cares about the EU at all?
The world did not end and only time will tell whether the people of Great Britain made a wise or foolish decision. The sun came up the next day and life went on. Floods and fires continued to ravage parts of the U.S. Wars, famine, drought or floods continued to wreak havoc with many parts of the world. And in other news, people continued to rob or shoot other people, trusted people in roles of authority continued to embezzle or cheat those who trusted them, people with pets found new things to post about them on the internet and Hillary and Donald continued to sling mud at each other. The world around us goes on.
So, as we begin another new week, confident that the world will go on; maybe we should turn our attention to things that really do matter, things that do have real impact on our lives, because they are things that we can control. Perhaps the words of Elbert Hubbard that appeared in a post on the Jack’s Winning Words blog could guide us – “Be pleasant until ten o’clock in the morning, and the rest of the day will take care of itself.”
To be pleasant takes a conscious effort, mostly not to be unpleasant, not to let prejudices or preconceptions about others take over and manifest themselves in our behavior. Perhaps letting ourselves be empathetic towards others, rather than judgmental, is another way to be pleasant. It’s worth a try. So, try to be pleasant until at least 10 AM and see if the rest of your day takes care of itself.
Have a good (and pleasant) day.