Not the barker. Much.
Yesterday, someone left an anonymous note in my mailbox complaining about my dog barking.
In the past, I would have internalized this as a great failure on my part and also, my feeling would have been hurt that someone was mean to me. As I've begun to get in touch with my feelings and reactions through mindful living, I am learning to stare right back at these feelings and take them apart. For example, the fact that my dog barks is not my FAULT. He is my responsibility but lord knows, we are trying hard to get him to stop barking.
Also, there is something very funny and pathetic that the retiree who left the note in my mailbox had to resort to a snarky anonymous letter. This, too, is not my fault and honestly, there is nothing these people can do to me, even if they don't like me. Their disapproval can't hurt me in any way.
Today, I'll focus on keeping my sense of humor and kindness. I won't let the writers of anonymous notes/mean people have any control over the joy of my day.