Our individual reactions to events are shaped by what we ourselves have experienced in our own lives.
Our view of the universe is largely determined by our experiences. It is when we are caught off guard by the spontaneity of existence that we are most apt to respond authentically, even when our feelings do not correspond with those of the multitude. Events that arouse strong emotions with us or are surprising in nature can be disquieting, for it often is in their aftermath that we discover how profoundly our histories have shaped us. The differences that divide us from our peers are highlighted in our reactions when these diverge from the mainstream, and this can be highly upsetting because it forces us to confront the uniqueness of our lives.
When our response to unexpected news or startling ideas is not the same as that of the people around us, we may feel driven by a desire to dismiss our feelings as irrational or incorrect. But reactions themselves are neither right, nor wrong. The forces that sculpted the patterns that to a large extent dictate our development are not the same forces that shaped the development of our relatives, friends, colleagues, or neighbors. There is no reason to believe that one person's reaction to a particular event is somehow more valid than another's. How we respond to the constant changes taking place in the world around us is a product of our history, a testament to our individuality, and a part of the healing process that allows us to address key elements of our past in a context we can grasp in the present.
Life's pivotal events can provide you with a way to define yourself as a unique and matchless being, but you must put aside the judgments that might otherwise prevent you from gaining insight into your distinct mode of interpreting the world. Try to internalize your feelings without categorizing or evaluating them. When you feel unsure of the legitimacy of your reactions, remember that cultural, sociological, spiritual, and familial differences can cause two people to interpret a single event in widely dissimilar ways. Examining your responses outside of the context provided by others can show you that your emotional complexity is something to be valued, for it has made you who you are today. ~ The Daily OM
I survived today with no power! I went back to bed for awhile this morning and woke up to a power cut. It was only after spending a half an hour trying to work out why the TV would not turn on, that i even noticed that there was no power in the whole house. ha
Apparently there was a huge power cut in all the areas around here. Nicole was at Botany with her friends and the power went out at K Mart. That is a ways away from our place so that is a big area that it effected.
The power company were good though. It came back on right at 2:30...just like they said. I wonder what caused it. It couldn't have happened on a better day though...it was beautiful and sunny out there today.
I had a much better day today. I only have one girl here tonight. All of Nicole's friends have gone home, and Jorgia is staying another night at her friend's place.
I am watching the news at the moment. What a crack up that "Go slow protest" re the supercity, up at Warkworth was. All of 12 vehicles turned up. Good job. Planning a protest like that on the Friday of a long weekend, when they know that ten thousand cars will be travelling through there, and looking forward to their much deserved breaks from busy lives...SUCKS. Obviously, people with common sense felt the same way and did not bother to turn up.
Back later on!