Yesterday, someone who shall not be named, went onto my Optimism Facebook page and posted an “inappropriate” comment.
My reaction consisted of two steps and lasted about ten seconds:
I blocked the person from my page to prevent them from doing such things in the future. I deleted their comment so I wouldn’t have to look at it. Then, I was done. Just like that.
I didn’t call up my best friend to tell him about the experience. I didn’t sit back and speculate on the reasons why this person may have said what they said. I didn’t ask, “why me?” I didn’t correct the other person nor did I lash out at them. I didn’t even take advantage of the opportunity to be annoyed. Who has that kind of time?
As I always do, I asked myself the following questions:
1) What kinds of experiences, internally and externally, would I like to create today?
2) What kind of response to this situation promises me the greatest likelihood of being able to focus on that?
I ran the situation through that two question filter, I acted on the conclusion, then I moved on with my beautiful day.
I even made the situation serve me by parlaying a blog post out of it illustrating how to move on swiftly and decisively when you encounter annoyances.
I hope that little story can help you in some way.