That person seems stupid. I would sure like to have that car. Why did that person treat me that way? I have too little money. I have too much money and I don't know what to do with it. Why won't she see my point of view and agree with my political opinion? The weather is awful. My husband is late again. The list of things I could focus on in the outside world is endless. Most of the time, focusing on them causes me misery and one of the things I do when miserable is drink, drug or otherwise act out.
Today I am going to focus less on the outside world and more on my inside world. Am I expecting more out of life than is reasonably possible? Am I being selfish, greedy, indignant, resentful, humorless, dishonest? If any of these character defects are operating within my world, I am simply going to try to do the opposite. Where there is hatred, I am going to try to do something loving. I have faith that changing my inside world can give me the peace that I used to think only came from controlling the outside world. Today I know that trying to control the outside usually frustrates me and gets me drunk, stoned or in trouble.