“All right, I've been thinking. When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don't want your damn lemons! What am I supposed to do with these?! Demand to see life's manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am? I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! With the lemons! I'm gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!” – Cave Johnson
No matter how many times you repeat your calming mantras, the drama does happen.
Those moments can be cleansing and give your life a stress-rest. The truth is, the world is full of people who don't make sense. The world is full of drama. You can try to avoid it, but it's so hard to completely be rid of it.
For the last couple of years, I really struggled with political drama. The divide here in the United States has driven a wedge between people. And for a while, it seemed like you had to choose a side… either the far right or the far left. However, now people are seeing how terrible this crap has been and how it ripped friendships and families apart. Slowly they are pulling back this rage and fight and trying to make lemonade out of the political madness.
But what strikes me the most is how good people get lured into combative situations without meaning to. How many times have you been shopping only to find rude shoppers making comments? Do you address them? Or do you ignore them and let the behavior go unchecked?
What about when out and about and you see babies left alone in cars? Do you stand there guarding the child until the parent comes out and then take the chance on informing them on the dangers of leaving children alone? Or do you walk away, shake your head, and talk about it later and wish you had done something? Either way, these situations lure you into a situation with a person who WILL not only tear you apart verbally, but there are situations where it has gone to violence.
How do you handle drama and stressful situations?
Take a breathing moment, alone. Find your happy playlist and sing as loud as your anger lets you. Cry, cry til you feel the anger draining out of you. I sometimes like to clean places I put off, like the closet, bathroom shower, garden weeds. Whatever it is, if your intention is to let go of the anger and not swim in it, then it will pass.