It was a great gathering, everyone was happy and everything went well. There was a small incident. Did I sense a slight insult? If I did, it was unintentional and easily explained. Nobody said anything and the incident went to the back of my mind while we all continued to enjoy ourselves.
(*Look for the book 'Meditations' - the philosophy of Marcus Aurelius.)
* Since the column was published, the memory has come back a couple of times and tried to make mischief in my mind. Being busy and using diversionary tactics, I have been able to 'let it go' or push the mischief maker away. In the past I have been known to shout very loud and very rudely at an intrusive negative thought. It somehow can break the trance state of introspection and works. I choose a suitable time and place, just in case I'm overheard!
In my practice, I made a poster of one Marcus Aurelius quote.
2000 Years Ago
"Many of the anxieties that harass you are superfluous, being but creatures of your fancy, you can rid yourself of them and expand into an ampler region letting your thoughts sweep over the entire universe."
Stop imagining the worst and look at the bigger picture