When deciding on the meaning of a given situation, we always make it about ourselves.
Whether other people are involved or not, our minds believe we are the center of the universe and everything revolves around us.
Even when someone gets upset at us for no reason, we think we did something wrong, that somehow they know how we cheated or lied, that we’ve been caught at something.
In fact, it was not about us but about them. They had a bad morning, someone stepped on their foot, they just found out they have a medical issue, or some other unfortunate news.
They were never really upset at us, they were upset at something else in their life. When this is not evident we automatically assume it’s all about us.
Making meaning from the event and experiences around us is what we do.
When we realize that the meaning we make often has nothing to do with the reality of the situation, we are free to change the meaning we make from one that disempowers us to one that empowers us.
When we watch our minds and access our meaning making internal devices, then we can create wonderful new interpretations that show us how the universe is conspiring to help us, support us and lift us up.
How does that sound as a way to make meaning from life?